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Festivity

Figurines of the Pandavas (the five sons of Pandu in the Indian epic Mahabharata) placed at the eastern entrance of Padmanabha Swamy temple. Thiruvananthapuramduring Painkuni Festival

Rituals

ManjalNeerattu, a special offering by the devotees to Devi after the Meena Bharani aarattu. The solution is prepared by boiling turmeric powder, ashtagandha powder, rose water, saffron flowers, secretion of civet and perfumes in more than 30 vessels.

Portraits

He visits the market every morning and evening and the aroma of spices, fresh vegetables and the crowd makes him pleasant. Clicked at Devaraja Market, Mysore where he was sitting in front of a shop with blue colored walls and roof.

Bharatanatyam ~ Meenakshi Srinivasan

Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Theoretical base of this form traces back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. Sharing here few moments from Meera Bhajan , performed by charismatic Meenakshi Srinivasan.    

The look

It’s very interesting to see and meet people while travelling. I am always fascinated with their expressions and the way they deal with daily life. Here are some of the portraits taken during my wanderlust days in Karnataka.