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Preparing For Kathakali

Traditionally, a Kathakali performance is usually conducted at night and ends in early morning. Nowadays it isn’t difficult to see performances as short as three hours or even lesser. Kathakali is usually performed in front of the huge Kalivilakku (kali meaning dance; vilakku meaning lamp) with its thick wick sunk till the neck in coconut oil. Traditionally, this lamp used to provide sole light when the plays used to be performed inside temples, palaces or abodes houses of nobles and aristocrats. Enactment of a play by actors takes place to the accompaniment of music (geetha) and instruments (vadya).

We witnessed this performance at the cultural center in Thekkady, Kerala.

Preparing For Kathakali, The Ancient Dance Form Of Kerala, At Thekkady

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Traditionally, a Kathakali performance is usually conducted at night and ends in early morning. Nowadays it isn’t difficult to see performances as short as three hours or even lesser. Kathakali is usually performed in front of the huge Kalivilakku (kali meaning dance; vilakku meaning lamp) with its thick wick sunk till the neck in coconut oil. Traditionally, this lamp used to provide sole light when the plays used to be performed inside temples, palaces or abodes houses of nobles and aristocrats. Enactment of a play by actors takes place to the accompaniment of music (geetha) and instruments (vadya).

We witnessed this performance at the cultural center in Thekkady, Kerala.

Kathakali Facial Expressions, At Thekkady, Kerala

The Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius) known locally as the Nilgiri ibex or simply ibex, is an extinct species found in Nilgiri Hills and the southern portion of the Western Ghats in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in southern India. The Eravikulam National Park in Munnar was built primarily to conserve Nilgiri Tahr.

Face To Face With Nilgiri Tahr, At Eravikulam National Park, Munnar, Kerala

The playground

This was taken when we visited Karunya University near Coimbatore a few months back. We were standing at the guest house terrace and as the Sun went down, the brilliance of clouds showed up. Notice that there are a couple of kids playing cricket in the playground.

The Playground, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Perur Shiva Temple ( Coimbatore ) At Night

Last week, we visited the famous Shiva Temple at Perur. Photography inside the temple is prohibited so all I could get was the views from outside. This was my first attempt in shooting with my 10mm lens and it performed fairly well under low light conditions.

Perur Shiva Temple At Night, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

A Grasshopper with Attitude

On one of my recent trips to Coimbatore, me and my wife were waiting for a bus to take us to Karunya University. Behind the bus stand, the road was dug up and I noticed this guy walking up on the mud with unprecedented confidence. When I turned around to take this shot, this grasshopper stopped and turned its head towards me and opened its mouth as if to say something.

I hope that got captured well in this shot!

A Grasshopper with Attitude, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

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