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Kuthratib, ritual performance in Kondotty, Kerala

September 3rd, 2021|

Kuthratib ritual is annually performed at the Kondotty Dargah dedicated to Veliya Muhammed Shah Thangal. Every year, during the memorial day of Shah Thangal, byths are sung from the morning, Kutratib ritual is conducted through the night. This ritual was led by Ustad Avaran Mullakal in the year 2016.

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March 16th, 2021|

Today, Vilakku aka lamp symbolizes knowledge. In Indian tradition, irrespective of religion, lighting a lamp has been the norm for any auspicious new beginning. Vilakku is an integral feature in festivals like Onam in Kerala, Karthigai Deepam in Tamil Nadu, and Diwali across India. Lighting the Nilavilakku or Kutthuvilakku, as it is popularly known in the southernmost states of India, used to be a daily evening ritual until the recent past and is still so. The Lady with a Lamp painting by S L Haldankar, is a famous painting that captures the culture of lighting of lamps by ladies in the family.

Brick-making | Moon Light | നിലാവെട്ടം | நிலவொளி

February 15th, 2021|

Brick-making was shot in Calcutta. Probably, the technique of brick making didn’t originate from one place. Bricks have been discovered popping up in many different locations around the world simultaneously. The oldest discovery dates back to 7000 BC. They were discovered in southern Turkey at the site of an ancient settlement around the city of Jericho. The technique could have been naturally discovered when following floods the deposited mud or silt cracked and formed cakes that could be shaped into crude building units.


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Most of the Indian photographers learned from their foreign masters and hence, their styles continued to dominate Indian photography. They were either voyeuristic visual trophies that professed, “I had been there, seen that, met him”, or a tool that propagated “top-down let’s-look-at-the-suffering” sort of charity or propaganda of the photographer/client.


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இந்திய வரைபடத்தில் புதிதாக உதயமான ஒரு மாநிலத்தில் கால் வைக்க போகிறோம் என்றதுமே அதற்கான முன்திட்டமிடல் ஆரம்பமானது. பயணம் தொடங்கியது. ராஞ்சி விமான நிலையத்தில் இருந்து நான்கு மணி நேர சாலைப்பயணம். ஜார்கண்ட் என்ற சொல்லுக்கு காடுகளை கொண்ட நிலப்பரப்பு என்பது பொருள். அந்த பெயருக்கு எந்த குறைவும் இல்லாமல் வழி நெடுக அடர்ந்த காடுகளை காண முடிந்தது. தூத்துக்குடி துறைமுகத்தில் நிலக்கரியை கப்பலில் இருந்து இறக்குமதி செய்வதை பார்த்த எனக்கு நிலக்கரி மலையை வெட்டி போடப்பட்டிருந்த சாலையில் பயணித்த போது சிலிர்ப்பாக இருந்தது.


Mattancherry: My Cosmopolitan Hometown

Mattancherry has been a microcosm of authentic cosmopolitanism, many ethnicities and faiths coexisting together, with its beautiful contrasts and combinations. I grew up there, in one of its small boroughs called Kochangadi. This Muslim dominated waterfront settlement had – and still has – a few Jewish, Ezhava and Christian families. Apart from a synagogue and a few churches, there are several small and big mosques that belong to different ethnic groups or factions of Muslims.


செந்தட்டி | புகைப்படமும் கவிதையும்

ஒளியெழுத்து. சமகால புகைப்படமும் கவிதையும் சிறப்பு நெடுவரிசை. புகைப்படம் அபுல் கலாம் ஆசாத். கவிதைகள் முத்துராசா குமார்.


The Burden (and freedom) of Photography 

Though photographs could be widely disseminated, unlike the real trophies they did not provide incontrovertible proof of masculine prowess: it was possible, after all, to have oneself photographed next to a dead tiger, and pretend that one had been the heroic agent of that death. Yet, over time, as the impression became widespread that hunting was perhaps not the most indelible marker of masculinity, it was suggested that it required greater courage and masculine prowess to draw up close to big cats and other wild animals, and shoot the camera at close range (pp. 130-32). Susan Sontag has described the camera as a “sublimation of the gun”, and Ryan reminds us that the vocabulary of picture-taking – “loading’, ‘aiming’, ”shooting’ – has been largely derived from hunting.

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