6:20 AM / Posted by li i / comments (1)

Reborn, originally uploaded by harimenon4u.

Nag sadhus taking bath at Haridwar during Kumbh mela 2010.
Kumbha Mela is a mammoth fair where saints and devotees gather at the Ganga river. Kumbha Mela is celebrated at the aforesaid four places depending on the positions of planets and stars.
First written evidence of the Kumbha Mela can be found in the accounts of Chinese traveller, Huan Tsang or Xuanzang (602 - 664 A.D.) who visited India in 629 -645 CE, during the reign of King Harshavardhana. Read more on:

Visitors at the Channakeshava Temple

12:09 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

DSC_0388, originally uploaded by Fulcrum35.

Channakeshava Temple located on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, an early capital of the Hoysala Empire 220 Km away from Banglore. Gigantic pillars, structures , sculptures and paintings are major attractions in the temple.

The temple was commissioned by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE. Scholars are divided about the reason why King Vishnuvardhana commissioned the construction of the temple. The military successes of Vishnuvardhana is considered a probable reason.[1] Some scholars believe Vishnuvardhana commissioned the temple to surpass his overlords, the Western Chalukya Empire (who ruled from Basavakalyan), after his military victories against them.[2] According to another theory, Vishnuvardhana was celebrating his victory against the Cholas of Tamil country in the battle of Talakad, which resulted in the annexation of Gangavadi (modern southern Karnataka) by the Hoysalas.[3] Another explanation points to Vishnuvardhana's conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism, considering this is predominantly a Vaishnava temple.[4] The Hoysalas employed many noted architects and artisans who developed a new architectural tradition, which some historians call Karnata Dravida tradition.[5] A total of 118 inscriptions have been recovered from the temple complex, covering the period between c. 1117 CE to 18th century, which give details of the artists employed, grants made to the temple and renovations. read more on

Projector Operator

11:42 PM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

Projector Operator, originally uploaded by Jino Sam Panayil.

This shot was taken during International Film Festival of Kerala 2009 at Kairali, Sree Theatre Trivandrum. He is winding the film reel manually. In india, even now, most of the theaters are using old film reel system for film projection.

karma- the baigas

11:43 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

karma- the baigas, originally uploaded by Sayantan Bera.

A group of baiga and gondh men and women dance the karma to celebrate the victory of a candidate from their ranks in the local body elections.

The attire is not strictly traditional. baiga woman have taken to wearing saris in the hindu way while men can hardly be distinguished by way of attire. The village Bhanpur Khera was relocated from inside the Kanha National Park (a critical tiger habitat) way back in 1968. Being forced out of their natural habitat- the forests- the baigas had moved towards the mainstream losing much of their culture. On the economic front the livestock population has dwindled due to inadequate grazing land while food security has suffered a dent due to reduced crop diversity and inaccessibility of the forest resources.

Mandla, Madhya pradesh

subhas chowk- dalhousie

8:44 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

subhas chowk- dalhousie, originally uploaded by Samir D.

Dalhouise is a popular tourist destination in northern india... Subhas chowk is the main mall-area of dalhouise... peoples enjoying the sun rays in a cold afternoon of december... the name of this place is originated from the statue of "Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose" which can be visible in background...

Who are you? Where do you come from?

9:51 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

One evening as I was strolling through the small villages on the the edge of the Thar desert, this little girl stepped out in front of me, barring my way. Her younger sister smiled sheepishly from behind her.She was forthright and determined, and started firing questions at me, in perfect English. Who was I? Where was I going? What was I doing out in the desert? after I had answered her questions, apperently to her final satisfaction, she led me down a little path, to home. "My parents have invited you dinner' she announced with a flourish, and there followed one of those delightful impromptu evenings which only ever seem to happen in India.

Riders on the waves

9:51 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

Riders on the waves, originally uploaded by laijuyesh.

Met these brisk children at hot noon when they were busy with fishing on far-reaching waves, but camera raised some curiosity among them and took a short break to posing with their big catch. Often their playful fishing would allow small earnings for their holyday spend. Shot from the coastline on the way to Muttam , splendid beach station, surrounded with rocky hills and coconut grooves located 38 K.M away from Kanyakumary , Tamilnadu.

Labels: , , , , , ,

The Baigas

6:36 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

free spirits- the baigas, originally uploaded by Sayantan Bera.

A Baiga woman offers a shot of mahua, a local brew, at a funeral ceremony deep inside the jungles of Dindori, Madhya Pradesh. The men can be seen playing the manndal, its beats reverberating afar.

Baigas are one of india's primitive tribes edged dangerously towards a change more akin to destitution, both economic and cultural. The image tries to capture the sense of liberal free spirit which the men and woman share equally among themselves.

Deadly duel

7:41 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

Deadly duel, originally uploaded by Rajib Singha.

Two specially trained cocks with sharp blades tied to their legs engage in a deadly duel as part of a tribal recreational sport during winter at Haripal in Hooghly, India.

Odissi Dance by Sutra Dance Theatre,Malaysia

2:06 AM / Posted by li i / comments (1)

Sutra Dance Theatre,Malaysia led by Ramli Ibrahim gave another scintillating display of Indian Classical Odissi dance at the Azad Bhawan Auditorium, New Delhi on 29th.january,2010


9:35 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

yarning, originally uploaded by Samir D.

These are lady-shephards of himachal pradesh... when their herd is loitering around, they are busy with their knitting....
On the way to bhagsu water falls, situated at Bhagsu in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. It lies behind the famous Bhagsunath Temple.

Sunday afternoon

9:16 AM / Posted by li i / comments (0)

Sunday afternoon, originally uploaded by bag_lady.

Late afternoon is the time for local people to come to the beach to paddle, fly kites and generally socialise and have fun. Alleppey, Kerala, South India