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Lecture 1: Kashmir

Lecture 2: Sri Lanka

Lecture 3: M. Pradesh

Kashmir: The Enchanted Vale

In this lecture, Mary B. Wheeler highlights "the peacefulness and poetry of Kashmir" as she saw it just months before confict escalated in the area. According to her brief introduction to the lecture script, she visited Kashmir four times before giving this lecture. Her last trip was made just eight months before fighting began, yet, in her own words, "when these pictures were taken there was no hint of the trouble to come." We choose to begin our presentation of Mary B. Wheeler's lectures with Kashmir because it seems a particularly relevant reminder of the powerful beauty of a state which, decades later, unfortunately still remains at the brink of war. Her words may be dated, since she was very much a product of her time, yet there is a universally poignant message in her images that does not fail to affect us strongly even today.

Mary B. Wheeler's lecture on Kashmir consists of 87 slides, detailing the breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscape, grandeur of the monuments and gardens constructed over the centuries, and ethnographic features of life in the region. In order to make her lecture more accessible to the interested viewer and to minimize download time, we have sequentially distributed her images onto seven distinct webpages. The pages are arranged topically and sequentially, remaining true to the order in which Mary B. Wheeler originally presented them. Available audio clips, included also on individual topical pages, are listed here for your convenience. You, as the viewer, have the option of following along with Mary B. Wheeler's original lecture sequence, or selecting the topics that most interest you.

Lecture Images: Links to Corresponding Audio Clips:
Exploring Srinagar Introduction; The Jhelum River
People of Srinagar Textile workers
Jami Masjid Gravestones in a Muslim Cemetery
Mary B. Wheeler's Houseboat and Life on the River Houseboats and the River
Mughal Gardens Cheshma Shahi Garden; Nishat Bagh; Shalimar Gardens
Traveling through the Countryside towards Gulmarg Harvesting Grain
Returning to Srinagar at the End of the Day River Houses; Returning Home at the End of the Day

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