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by Prabal Pramanik’s Academy of Arts


Bhamlada, Bhatwan, Punjab-145 022, India
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HISTORY OF
DALHOUSIE
HISTORY TIME CHART
OF DALHOUSIE
LIFE IN DALHOUSIE AN ARTIST'S VIEW
OF DALHOUSIE
BOOKS, PORTFOLIOS
& CDS ON DALHOUSIE
DALHOUSIE CLUB
KHAJJIAR AND KALATOP DALHOUSIE PHOTO
GALLERY
TOURIST INFORMATION NOTED PEOPLE IN
HISTORY OF DALHOUSIE
WILD LIFE HOME PAGE

This collection of photo-graphics by Arup Chandra, is a unique one, in the sense, that twenty two Photo-graphics printed in this book cover many characteristic features of this hill town.
Scenes from nature, showing the foliage of deodar and oak trees, some times overgrown with ferns are typical of this area.
The old town with its typical buildings with sloping roofs form pleasing geometric patterns that spread along the hill side. Gandhi Chowk is depicted in unusual yet representative way in several pictures.
Tourists, ponies for pony rides, shops and the bazar find place in graphic forms.
Porters with their slinging ropes and gunny sacks represent the local hill people who eke out a living in this town.
Vegetable and fruit sellers with their ware sitting under canopies by the road side are interesting compositions.
A roadside arcade and a striking composition of an iron bench between two massive tree trunks gave this collection its distinctive character.
A view St. Francis Church and another one of the belfry of the same church are reminiscent of British architectural style.
The graphic presentation of roadside embankment covered with wild flowers and a hill road with wayfarers and pack horses make interesting compositions. There is one graphic presentation of a view from Banikhet, a town near Dalhousie. The picture of Himalayan langurs in their own world of trees and foliage that cover a large part of Dalhousie hills is interesting.
The beauty of the woodlands with the houses peeping in between the oaks and the deodar pines give Dalhousie its own character .The photographic image of a small waterfall is a lively one.
Tourists near a restaurant near S. Ajit Singh Memorial is presented from an unusual angle. The snow peaks from Dalhousie are quite representative.
Even the golgoppawalla has reached this hill town to serve golgoppas to the people in an easy mood.
St. John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk and St. Andrew’s church near Dalhousie cantonment are the two other old churches shown in this collection.
“Kalatop” is a place on the way to Khajjiar from Dalhousie. I have never seen a village like Kalatop any where before. The most of the houses of this settlement are built with clay covered roofs, some times including huge live deodar trees in the construction.
The picture of Khajjiar was taken from the temple of Khajji Nag at Khajjiar.
This temple is an ancient one and is largely built of wood.
Shops had been allowed to operate in the temple complex and this has greatly damaged the beauty of the temple complex.
People and administration of Himachal Pradesh must understand that excessive commercialization will only diminish the beauty of Himachal Pradesh and harm the traditional setup of old Himachal, that has a beauty and character of its own.
This beauty and traditional character, once lost under commercial pressures, cannot be regained by any means fully. The people and the administration must understand this and take the lesson from the overcrowded state of many other hill towns in India.
Prabal Pramanik

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