A special exhibition produced by the Cultural Section of the Embassy of France in India. Hosted at CSMVS, (Prince of Wales Museum) Mumbai in Collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Bombay.
From 7th March 2006 to 2nd April 2006
This exhibiton is organised around the collection of miniature paintings by Imam Baksh Lahori, illustrating the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine (Property of the musee Jean de la Fontaine, Chateau-Thierry, France.)
The fables of Jean de la Fontaine, first published in 1668 are probably among the most famous works in French Literature. They are still studied today in the schools of France. The sources of the fables are numerous, the Greek Aesop, the Latin Phedre, the Italian Fabulists, as well as the Panchatantra & the Tutinama have inspired Jean de la Fontaine. But the beauty of his poetry has remained unequalled since.
The exhibition is a visual treat, resplendent and glorious, dating back to the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The stories have been translated into English & Hindi at the exhibition. If you would like to read each of the stories, this exhibition will take around an hour to peruse. It would be an hour, very well spent indeed.
Entry to the exhibition is included in the CSMVS museum entry