Born in the year 1957 in Kerala, a state in the southern part of India. Studies took place in various states – Bengal, Assam in Eastern India, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Finally, settled in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. India, the home country, is very vast and has a rich, ancient, and diverse cultural heritage. Travelling the length and breadth of the country is indeed a study by itself and an eye opener. A passionate love for photography was cultivated at a young age from the year 1974. The deep passion led to learning the techniques of manual film developing, printing and allied topics at that time which was a great help in the initial stages of the long journey in photography. A retired banker by profession, this passion for photography has not diminished during the last 47 years. On the contrary, the interest has deepened, leading to a lot of travel through the length and breadth of the home country India. Proud to be a citizen of this country. Specific areas of interest in photography are - Travel, Nature, Wildlife, Architecture and Monuments. This has led to a lot of travel in India and of course to a few countries, photographing the various attractions available over there. From August 2020, Salon participation started with a group of friends in my Club, Photographic Society of Madras, Chennai, resulted in a bounty of around 100 Awards and about 700 Acceptances in both National and International Salons. Subsequently, it led to getting distinctions like AFIP, EAPG, AHPS and Hon FTR this year. Presently, applied for AFIAP distinction also.
SYNOPSIS OF THE WORKSImages 1 & 2From the number of wildlife sanctuaries in India, I have showcased just 2 digital images. The first image is a family of tigers coming together to drink water from a water hole in the Tadoba forests of Maharashtra. The second image, taken in the famous Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, shows an Elephant family walking in the jungles in a neat disciplined line, one following the other.Images 3 to 6Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in east-central Karnataka, India, was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century. It was once a prosperous and a very wealthy city on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. It had numerous temples, farms and trading markets which attracted traders from all over the world. In 1565, the Vijayanagara Empire was conquered by a coalition of Muslim sultanates, leaving the city in total ruins. Hampi's ruins are spread over an area of about 4000 hectares. The ruined remains of more than 1,600 forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures etc are what remains now making it very difficult to even imagine how rich this city was once. Picture 3 is from the Hemakuta Hills, a sunset view point. Picture 4 is the stepped tank in the Mahanavami Dibba area. Picture 5 is of the famous Stone Chariot in the Vijaya Vitalla temple. Picture 6 is the night time view of the famous Virupaksha temple.Images 7 to 11Varanasi is a city on the banks of the river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India. Also called as Benaras, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities both in Hinduism and Jainism. Varanasi has been a cultural centre of northern India for several thousand years and is closely associated with the Ganges. Hindus believe that dying here and getting cremated along the banks of the "holy" Ganges River allows one to break the cycle of rebirth and attain salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage. The city is known worldwide for its many ghats, embankments made in steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. The digital images 7 to 11 showcase various activities on the banks of the river Ganges.Image 12India’s vast diverse cultures contribute to rituals taking place regularly. The image shown here is one of the concluding parts of one such ritual which took place in Kerala State.Image 13The float festival conducted by any Temples are a treat to watch. This image depicts one such festival being conducted by a temple in its tank in Chennai.Images 14 & 15The above images showcase the religious activities that take place in the streets of Chennai from time to time.