London (Sakal Times): Ahead of India’s crucial and last league match in the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup against the United States, team captain Rani Rampal led her entire squad for a visit to a unique photo exhibition “5 Decades 50 Pictures” at the Fan Central, Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre to take inspiration from the past 50 years of Indian Hockey legends donning the Indian jersey.
“Legacy of former great players is an inspiration and educative at the same time. Winning exploits of former legends donning the Indian jersey encourages us to perform at par,” Rani said after her visit.
5 Decades 50 Pictures is a unique photographic journey of Indian Hockey Women’s past 50 years, curated by Sunil Yash Kalra and organised in association with the Hockey Museum and Kuldeep Ahlawat.
The exhibition was inaugurated by India’s first woman World Cup captain Ajinder Kaur. Acclaimed boxer and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Manoj Kumar, was also present on the occasion.
Overwhelmed on the historic initiative, Ajinder Kaur who is India’s first woman World Cup Captain (1974) echoed, “The exhibition has beautifully capitulated glimpses of five decades. I am thankful to the organiser, The Hockey Museum, Ahlawat and Kalra for inviting me at this historic moment.”
“This is a great initiative to bring forth the achievements of Women’s Hockey. I wish all the best to the current squad,” said Monoj Kumar.
5 Decades, 50 Pictures is the brainchild of sports historian and curator Sunil Yash Kalra. The exhibition is weaved with the motive bring up the golden period of Indian Women’s Hockey and to boost confidence for the Indian squad for their upcoming matches in the World Cup.
Delighted to receive the collection on the chronicle of Indian Women’s Hockey, Mike Smith from the Hockey Museum said, “It is an honor for us to represent the Indian history that has a very rich past on the occasion of Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup and I am very thankful to Sunil Yash Kalra for the collection. It will enrich our hockey collection further”.