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Based on a work at light-o-sutra.blogspot.com.
August 24, 2012
August 20, 2012
LOCATION: Electronic city, Bangalore, Karnataka
DATE: 19th August 2012
That was never the intention. As always, I carried my camera with me to meet my mama (my uncle, who is a newly turned father) and was all set to smother his 2 month old daughter by cuddling relentlessly . After a day and a half of constant babbling and ridiculously silly talks with the baby, I started to pack my bag to get back to my den. As I stepped out and bid goodbye to my family, I saw flashes of colours zipping from almost all sides and perching on a cable wire. Soon, there were more of them and what I witnessed was an overwhelming riot of colours. The Bee eaters had arrived and were chasing its 'obvious' prey; the Bees.
I must admit that I was hesitant. Many have asked me about trying my hand at Wildlife and Bird photography, but I was adamant even without trying that I shouldn't step into it just for the heck of it, but to actually understand the animal kingdom at a more detailed and deeper level before photo-shooting them. But then who could resist capturing these cute little bi-tailed creatures swinging on the cables briskly looking for food on all fours? I bullshitted my own theory, went crazy over them with my camera and ended up clicking these!
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new pays off most of the times. What I experienced while shooting them was something very beautiful and meaningful. Coincidentally, it happened to be 'World photographer's Day'. Seems like I celebrated it unknowingly! Life is full of surprises and coincidences, no?
August 10, 2012
LOCATION: UNNATI CENTER, BANGALORE, KARNATAKA
DATE: 08 AUG 2012
TIME: 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM
What if Luv and Kush of Ramayana manifest in today's times and present themselves in front of you? What would you do? What would any 'girl' do? That would possibly be the worst situation of a dilemma for her. Now that I have justified my dilemma, I developed a slight fissure on my heart when I reminded myself of them already being married. If you think that is all it is to them, then you are highly mistaken. Their magical voices in unison dominated their dashing looks and expurgated every single soul in that auditorium. Sadly these photographs cannot speak for their voices. But their emotions and expressions I managed to capture, should hopefully speak for their dedication and surrenderance to their passion.
|FIRING MISSILES - That was what they were referred to as by the event organiser. I TOTALLY second that.|
|RAAM KUMAR MOHAN|
|LOST in the hypnotising melody of TAMBURA|
|Tuning themselves to the tune of the TAMBURA|
August 2, 2012
FOOTNOTE: Dr. Dasappa Keshava is a Bharatanatyam dancer from the Mysore school of Bharatanatyam. The differences it holds from main stream bharatanatyam is trivial yet noticeable if one knows the depth of the art. He had performed at Alliance Franchaise, Bangalore with one of his 3 daughters, Sumitra Keshava. I shall soon post the dance photo series with crisp explanations. This picture got published in THE HINDU today ( i.e 02.08.2012). Another proud event gets added to the HONORARIUM page. I have started counting my blessings.