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Bradford park art commemorates WW1 soldiers from British India

Images from Garden Within A Garden
Image caption The work is inspired by Pakistani and Indian miniature painting.

An outdoor work of art reflecting the exploits of the Indian Army that fought on the side of the British in World War One has been unveiled.

Garden Within A Garden, by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, has been painted in Lister Park and City Park, Bradford.

More than one million Muslim, Sikh and Hindu soldiers fought for Britain between 1914 and 1918.

The work, inspired by Pakistani and Indian miniature painting, uses acrylics straight on the city's paving.

Image copyright Bradford Council
Image caption Imran Qureshi said: "War is already about horrific images of blood and lost lives."

Qureshi lives in Lahore, in modern-day Pakistan, but that area as part of British India enlisted a large number of soldiers to fight for Britain.

"War is already about horrific images of blood and lost lives, so I came up with the idea of a garden in a garden", he said.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby said: " It is an opportune moment for us to reflect on the experiences of people from across the world who fought on the side of the Allies in the First World War and the invaluable contribution they made to the war efforts."

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Image caption Part of the work is in City Square

India gained independence from the British in August 1947 and split into two separate countries - the secular state of India dominated by Hindus and Muslim Pakistan.

Garden Within A Garden will be on display in Bradford until September.

It has been co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the World War One centenary, Bradford Council and Yorkshire Festival 2016.

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