(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula
Doha: As vacant lots transform into vibrant plots with action packed cricket games on weekends, it is without a doubt the popularity of India's most famous sport extends to the Indian community in Qatar.
Cricket is a popular pastime for Indians in Qatar evident in the games they play specially on Friday mornings not only as a means to while away time but also as an effective way to bond as a community.
Celebrating the power of this sport in uniting the community is the Cricket photography exhibition which recently opened at Katara Cultural Village as part of Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture.
For this exhibition, Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum in collaboration with Youth Hobbies Center invited Qatar-based photographers to submit photos from which the best photos had been chosen to feature in the show.
The result is a showcase of 43 stunning images which organisers said 'focused on passion, nostalgia, success, loss, happiness, teamwork and social life around this sport.
'Photographs were selected based on their artistic originality, insight and impact, they added.
While some photos depict cricket games played in neighbourhoods, most of the images have famous familiar landmarks seen in the background including the Doha skyline along the Corniche, the East-West/West-East Richard Serra sculpture in the desert and the towering arches at Interchange 5/6, among others.
The photographers have also artistically captured on lens the action and the different emotions of players as they interact through the game in a mixture of coloured and monochorome images.
'In this exhibition we take the visitors on a journey of emotions. The photographs on display emphasise how cricket has become a significant part of life of the Indian community in Qatar, said organizers.
'In relation to the Year of Culture celebration, the exhibition emphasizes the sport which is of great importance to the Indian community in Qatar. It showcases the power of sport, socially, culturally and politically, they added.
Cricket Exhibition is open for public viewing at Katara Building 18 from 9am to 9pm until July 28.