Last evening I attended the Members-only Preview of Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts, the latest exhibition soon-to-open at the AGO in Toronto and organized in conjunction with the V&A Museum in London. It was a packed evening but there was still room to get up close to the stunning art, textiles, jewellery, the saffron-pasted Rolls Royce, the landau, and so much more. Ambient Indian temple music played while I traversed the multiple rooms of this grand show. It was a moment of cultural pride topped with a live solo dance performed by a young Indian woman who exuded precision, passion and personality. This entertaining moment however was a bitter sweet one as I reminisced about my loved India, my gorgeous grandparents and my need to return soon.
This sparkly show will run till April 2011. But don’t delay in visiting as it just may inspire you to take a well-worth-it long haul trip to my country of origin! And trust me, as with a visit to the Gallery, a future experience in India would also be a multi-sensorial and memorable one.