India’s Architectural Heritage
Riyadh – The coffee table book “India’s Architectural Heritage” by ace photographer and journalist KN Wasif is an important document containing the beautiful pictures of important medieval historical buildings in India, said the Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Saeed after releasing the coffee table book at the Indian Embassy auditorium in Riyadh.
The ambassador praised and appreciated the author KN Wasif for his long journalistic journey as a photographer, columnist, satirist, and journalist.
This event was a part of the series of year-long celebrations “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” to mark the 75 years of India’s independence. This year also marks the diamond jubilee of diplomatic relations between India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Indian embassy in Riyadh will organize many more events in this regard.
On this occasion, an exhibition of photographs clicked by KN Wasif was arranged. After inaugurating the exhibition, the Ambassador announced that an exhibition of photographs of Indian historical buildings captured by KN Wasif would be organized in various cities of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries in collaboration with the Embassy.
Dr. Ausaf Saeed
Dr. Ausaf Saeed further said that KN Wasif has proved his mettle as an outstanding photographer, journalist, columnist, and sketcher (KHAKA NIGAAR). His latest coffee table book depicting the Indian historical heritage can play an important role in the promotion of Indian tourism in foreign countries, especially in the Gulf countries.
Appreciating KN Wasif’s extraordinary journalistic services spanning over four decades, Dr. Ausaf Saeed hoped that he would bring out more books in the near future. We would continue to benefit from his writings and photographs for a long time to come, he added.
Asim Anwar, Second Secretary, Embassy of India welcomed the gathering. President of Osmania University Alumni Association Riyadh, Engineer Muhammad Mubeen introduced the author and said that KN Wasif has presented the cultural heritage of India to the world through his photographs. He also played an important role in promoting Indian tourism through the exhibition of his photographs in various cities. Both his photography and journalistic services are equally extraordinary and unforgettable. He is perhaps the only NRI in the world to have written a column on the plight of Indian immigrants and their problems for 25 consecutive years. His remarkable services for the nation from the foreign land should be appreciated by the Indian authorities.
Introducing the coffee table book Taqiuddin Mir, President Hindustani Bazm-e-Urdu said that on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of India’s independence, the then Ambassador of India, Hamid Ansari advised and encouraged K N Wasif to capture the historical places of the motherland. The twenty-five years journey from the golden jubilee to the diamond jubilee of India’s independence was highly remarkable. The result of which is in our hands as a beautiful coffee table book.
The quarter-century of continuous hard work, dedication, and quest resulted in the publication of this marvelous book. The beautiful book designed by well-known designer Ayaz Siddique.
Secretary Asim Anwar officiated the function. Initially, a documentary on historical buildings of India was shown.
India’s Architectural Heritage
Later, a photo exhibition of historical buildings of India included in KN Wasif’s book was also organized. The event was attended by a large number of diplomats, men, and women from the Indian community. The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks from Secretary Asim Anwar.
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