ELLORA Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain sanctuaries
photographs by Iago Corazza
Ellora, located in central western India, is a unique site for several reasons:
- There are 34 sanctuaries, extending over more than 2 km, all dug in the rock between the 5th and 10th centuries.
- This is the only cave complex to bring together in one place the country’s three main religions: Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
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Gilles Béguin, Conservateur Général Honoraire du Patrimoine, was head of the Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism collections at the Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet from 1971 to 1994. He was then appointed director of the Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l’Asie de la Ville de Paris. He has organized numerous exhibitions and supervised the complete renovation of the Musée Cernuschi from 2001 to 2005. He is the author of several scientific articles, teaching aids, exhibition catalogues and art books, including: Les Cimes de l’Eveil : monastères bouddhiques du Ladakh, 1990; Polonnaruva : renaissance à Ceylan, 1991; Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet. Les peintures du bouddhisme tibétain (catalogue raisonné), 1995; Nepal, Vision d’un art sacré, 1996; L’Art bouddhique, 2009.
Iago Corazza is a journalist and filmmaker but his main profession is photography. He has provided numerous photographic features for National Geographic, White Star and Oasis, as well as for various geographic and scientific publications. As a film director and director of photography, he has worked on a number of television programmes and documentaries for leading Italian and international broadcasters. Corazza is a UNICEF testimonial and collaborator, and when not on location, he teaches photography.