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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today released a Coffee Table Book on Thiruvananthapuram with a collection of images by eminent photographer Raghu Rai for Kerala Tourism as part of the capital city heritage project. A stunning visual treat, Thiruvananthapuram-An Artist’s impression explores the city’s culture, heritage and life through a fascinating collection of shots viewed through the lens of Raghu Rai, coupled with graphic descriptions by writer Lekshmi Rajeev.

This is a fantastic work that has tapped fully the mesmerizing power of photography to capture the images of the city, Chief Minister said while releasing the compendium through video-conference. State Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who presided over the function held at Mascot Hotel, said this outstanding work would add considerable strength to the capital city heritage project.  Dr Shashi Tharoor MP and Raghu Rai joined the ceremony online.

City of festivals, it was an unforgettable experience to capture the images of Thiruvananthapuram with its vibrant life and culture, Rai said, adding he has plans to write a book on Kerala. A visual statement on the city, the 190-page work encapsulates its history, culture and heritage. While most similar collections have their emphasis on nature, this work has its accent on human life in the city.

Apart from the capital city, the Tourism Department has been implementing heritage projects to protect and preserve historical and cultural assets of Alappuzha, Muziris and Thalassery, Tourism Secretary Rani George IAS said. M Vijayakumar, Chairman KTDC, Tourism Director P Bala Kiran IAS, V K Karthika, Editor & Publisher Amazon Westland and Lekshmi Rajeev attended the function.

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