Cairo: India's people, colourful clothes, streets and tourist sites are featured in an new exhibition entitled "Images of India" by Egyptian artist Ashraf Talaat. The exhibition is part of the mega culture festival 'India by the Nile'.

India's Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya and his spouse Ranu Bhattacharyya opened the exhibition on Wednesday with the attendance of art lovers and India fans from across Cairo.

For the past 16 years artist Ashraf Talaat has been doing photography in India capturing the spirit of the country which Egyptians call the land of wonders.

In his exhibition, Talaat displays a collection of photos, some of them taken few months ago and other photos taken five years ago.

"I have more than 500 or 600 photos from India which I took through my trips there in the past 16 years," the artist said.

Talaat said that what attracts him the most in India is people. That's why he is photos captures face explosion of different Indian people. In some of his photos, Talaat features old Indian women with their colorful clothes while doing different daily activities.

"This is because they represent the Indian tradition. Most of the new generation now wear modern western clothes. But, I want to feature Indian culture before it disappears because one day all of us will wear modern clothes.

Ambassador Bhattacharyya praised the artist's work and said that he hopes this exhibitions tempts Egyptians to look at India and Indians who are just like them. He also added that he hope to see more Egyptians to travel to India and experience their own family across the seas

The exhibition is being held at The Egyptian Center for Cultural Cooperation in Zamalek.

"This is part of India at 70 and its part of the India by the Nile we wanted to do as many events outside. It's a collaboration between us and the Ministry of culture," Bhattacharyya said.

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