When Raja Ravi Varma used sentimental German oleographs to paint his immortal maidens bathing in the woods, he was on to something special. Both cultures, that of ancient Germanic tribes and Indian ones, celebrate the existence of sacred trees and groves with the idea of beautiful tree spirits and nymphs.
When the Prakrithi Foundation invited famous German photographer Deidi von Schaewen to conduct a month-long outdoor exhibition of her photographs of “Sacred Trees” in the streets and parks of Chennai, they brought together people from different walks of life in much the same spirit. “Each one of the trees is entirely different,” explains Deidi. Her photographs have been blown up to film-poster dimensions and can be seen all over the city.