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Established in 1984, the minimalist patterns of the Albert theatre were brought to fame by the popular local actor, Rajinikanth, whose favourite theatre it is rumoured to be. Till date, crowds throng to this theatre whenever a new Rajinikanth movie releases. _______________________________________________ In the spring of 2017, we undertook a project with @anthonycotsifas to document the fading glory of India’s small-town cinemas. Some of these images were published in @holeandcorner ’s Issue on “Performance”, with words by @dheeraj138. Image Credits: @anthonycotsifas . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #India #TamilNadu #rajinikanth

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In the spring of 2017, we undertook a project with @anthonycotsifas to document the fading glory of India’s small-town cinemas. Over the years, as moviegoers changed their consumption habits, these cinemas have fallen from view, belonging to an era that no longer exists. In these images we see how these fascinating spaces, devoid of the audiences that give them their meaning, take a stoic identity of their own. Some of these images were published in @holeandcorner ’s Issue on “Performance”, with words by @dheeraj138. _______________________________________________ The funky theme of Mahalakshmi Cinemas reminds one of the beach – motifs of shells, scales, and fish, in blocks of striking colours ornament the facades of the hall. Built in 1937, it is one of the few cinema halls of old that is still functioning. Image Credits: @anthonycotsifas . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #India #instagood #travel #urbanphotography #architecture #theatre

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In the past, worldviews of communities were shaped by a constant and deep interaction with Nature. From gargantuan forts to mundane earthenware, everything was built or made with an acute awareness of the immediate surroundings. In today's world, where our lives are growing increasingly detached from our surroundings, the remnants of these olden practices that survive in our habits and household objects remind us of the harmonious relationship we once shared with Nature. _______________________________________________ The word heritage brings to mind grand monuments and royal artefacts of antiquity. But the term is more encompassing and familiar than that, entwined with the way of life of the people. All it takes is to stand back and observe to find that our seemingly ordinary acts and the inconspicuous objects we use have been passed down to us over generations. They breathe life into a concept that is otherwise found in the enclosed spaces of a museum. Image Credits: @mr_sturman . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #India

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In the unnoticed corners of every region are communities that keep alive olden craft traditions in their day to day lives. Their tools and techniques, refined and perfected over centuries, carry an ancientness that manifests itself as objects that we cherish. Largely anonymous, these communities carry on their craft with a dedication that does not depend on recognition. _______________________________________________ The word heritage brings to mind grand monuments and royal artefacts of antiquity. But the term is more encompassing and familiar than that, entwined with the way of life of the people. All it takes is to stand back and observe to find that our seemingly ordinary acts and the inconspicuous objects we use have been passed down to us over generations. They breathe life into a concept that is otherwise found in the enclosed spaces of a museum. Image Credits: @mr_sturman . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #India

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The word heritage brings to mind grand monuments and royal artefacts of antiquity. But the term is more encompassing and familiar than that, entwined with the way of life of the people. All it takes is to stand back and observe to find that our seemingly ordinary acts and the inconspicuous objects we use have been passed down to us over generations. They breathe life into a concept that is otherwise found in the enclosed spaces of a museum. _______________________________________________ From everyday acts of people, emerge traditions that gain importance in the form of arts, crafts and the celebratory aspects of a culture. Arising almost instinctively, they are bridges that allow for ideas and experiences from the past to find their way into the folds of the present. Sustained in the collective memory by stories and folklore, these acts and objects establish a connection to our past, evoking a sense of shared identity and togetherness. . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #India

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3 months ago

Visible amidst the green hues of Kerala are long, sloping, tiled roofs, usually in shades of red-brown. In this land of torrential rain, such roofs are a necessity as they protect the walls of the house from mildew. Because of the high levels of humidity, dwellings have high ceilinged and large rooms to allow proper ventilation. The materials generally used are clay, timber, stone, and palm leaves. While clay is used to make bricks and tiles, the readily available timber forms the base structure for the roof, as well as the house, through finely carved wooden pillars. ______________________________________________ Dwellings are very personal spaces. They are the one place where inhabitants can be true to themselves. Forming a symbiotic relationship with the inhabitant, they become a reflection of those who create and occupy the space, as well as the natural environment around. Shaped by climate and physical geography, as well as culture, dwellings differ from place to place. A house high up on the mountains will vary in look and construction from a house by the seaside, for instance. Being a land of varied landscapes, whether geographical or cultural, there is much scope of observation in terms of the various kinds of homes found in India. In this series, we look at the different types of dwellings across the many regions of the country. . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #Kerala #India

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3 months ago

When the Nattukottai Chettiars made Chettinad their home, little did the land know what wonders were to be built there. Conceived to allow functionality, the palatial dwellings found here centre on a courtyard drawn along an east to west axis, to provide shade and coolness. Sloping roofs collect rainwater, marble and stone floors are essential in maintaining the temperature. Apart from standing out in sheer size, these mansions leave a lasting impression on the viewer through their elaborately decorated interiors. With embellishments sourced from Europe to locally carved intricate tiles, the houses play an important role, till date, in special occasions for the family. ______________________________________________ Dwellings are very personal spaces. They are the one place where inhabitants can be true to themselves. Forming a symbiotic relationship with the inhabitant, they become a reflection of those who create and occupy the space, as well as the natural environment around. Shaped by climate and physical geography, as well as culture, dwellings differ from place to place. A house high up on the mountains will vary in look and construction from a house by the seaside, for instance. Being a land of varied landscapes, whether geographical or cultural, there is much scope of observation in terms of the various kinds of homes found in India. In this series, we look at the different types of dwellings across the many regions of the country. Image Credits: @anthonycotsifas . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #Chettinad #TamilNadu

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3 months ago

Dwellings are very personal spaces. They are the one place where inhabitants can be true to themselves. Forming a symbiotic relationship with the inhabitant, they become a reflection of those who create and occupy the space, as well as the natural environment around. Shaped by climate and physical geography, as well as culture, dwellings differ from place to place. A house high up on the mountains will vary in look and construction from a house by the seaside, for instance. Being a land of varied landscapes, whether geographical or cultural, there is much scope of observation in terms of the various kinds of homes found in India. In this series, we look at the different types of dwellings across the many regions of the country. _____________________________________________ In the cold embrace of the Himalaya lies the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, a site of human civilisation for millennia. Traditional dwellings in this region are built using stone, timber, and mud, in order to trap as much heat as possible. Stone and sun-dried bricks form the foundation of all kinds of homes here, be it a palace, a monastery, or a house, while wood is used in doors, windows, and columns. Due to the lack of rain, roofs are flat. In a typical house, the first floor is reserved for the animals and the family resides on the second floor. . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #Ladakh

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A salty breeze carries the scent of fish along, the sun lazily hovers above, crabs run diagonally leaving faint trails in the sand, soft waves splash against the coast, signalling permission for the day to begin. This sets off a flurry of conversations and singing among the fisherfolk, as the nets are prepared and loaded. The colourful padagus, fishing boats that are mostly modernised, are pushed into the sea, as they climb aboard and set off to wait for the day's catch. __________________________________________ An integral part of the everyday life of communities by riversides and seas are boats. Activities like fishing and carrying around travellers have made boats the major source of livelihood for these people. The nature of the work and the region have both shaped the design of boats, which vary from one place to the other. The watercraft, of all shapes and sizes, are worshipped, along with the water bodies that provide for the people. Songs are sung, dances performed and festivities ensue every year to honour these vessels. Padagu, shikara, vallam, the many names by which boats are known, are all symbols of the unique lifestyles of the people belonging both to the land and the waters. Image Credits: @drvolland . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #TamilNadu

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The pleasant scenery of a south Indian countryside, the canopy of green gently spread over the hills, down the plains, giving way to yellow fields. Rivers and streams flow through and through, often between villages. Odam, wooden boats, some resembling canoes and some, coracles, cut across the shivering flow of the water, as the boatman ferries villagers running on errands to the other side. ___________________________________________ An integral part of the everyday life of communities by riversides and seas are boats. Activities like fishing and carrying around travellers have made boats the major source of livelihood for these people. The nature of the work and the region have both shaped the design of boats, which vary from one place to the other. The watercraft, of all shapes and sizes, are worshipped, along with the water bodies that provide for the people. Songs are sung, dances performed and festivities ensue every year to honour these vessels. Padagu, shikara, vallam, the many names by which boats are known, are all symbols of the unique lifestyles of the people belonging both to the land and the waters. . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman

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An integral part of the everyday life of communities by riversides and seas are boats. Activities like fishing and carrying around travellers have made boats the major source of livelihood for these people. The nature of the work and the region have both shaped the design of boats, which vary from one place to the other. The watercraft, of all shapes and sizes, are worshipped, along with the water bodies that provide for the people. Songs are sung, dances performed and festivities ensue every year to honour these vessels. Padagu, shikara, vallam, the many names by which boats are known, are all symbols of the unique lifestyles of the people belonging both to the land and the waters. ___________________________________________ If Kashmir, a land that is oft a muse to poets and writers, for various reasons, was paradise, then Dal Lake will be the serenity by which the gods rest. Floating on this pristine waterbody are shikaras, ordinarily 12 foot-long wooden boats, that double up as ferries, shops and makeshift fodder farms for its people. . . . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #IndianTravelCraftsman #Kashmir #India

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5 months ago

Just after sunrise in the Chamundi Hills above Mysore, a priest adorns a large idol of Nandi, a mystical bull who was the gatekeeper and guardian for Shiva. In Hindu mythology, Shiva was often meditating, so it was best to ask Nandi for blessings from this revered deity. ______________________________________________________ In the summer last year, @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology travelled with us to capture the local culture of Mysore. From a road trip through the paddy fields of Karnataka, we came upon the local rituals of Mysore, sampling the cuisine, roaming the streets, studying the silk industry and exploring awe-inspiring architecture. After sharing some experiences from their trip, this is @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology signing off. . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #TheIndianTravelCraftsman #lodestarsanthology

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The confluence of the Lokapavani and Cauvery Rivers is considered holy, a sacred place to carry out ancient rituals. ______________________________________________________ In the summer last year, @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology travelled with us to capture the local culture of Mysore. From a road trip through the paddy fields of Karnataka, we came upon the local rituals of Mysore, sampling the cuisine, roaming the streets, studying the silk industry and exploring awe-inspiring architecture. Here they share some of the experiences from their trip. . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #TheIndianTravelCraftsman #lodestarsanthology

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The residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore, the Amba Vilas Palace is characterised by its unique Indo-Saracenic architecture and twelve Hindu temples, located within the palace complex. ______________________________________________________ In the summer last year, @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology travelled with us to capture the local culture of Mysore. From a road trip through the paddy fields of Karnataka, we came upon the local rituals of Mysore, sampling the cuisine, roaming the streets, studying the silk industry and exploring awe-inspiring architecture. Here they share some of the experiences from their trip. . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #TheIndianTravelCraftsman #lodestarsanthology

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Sandalwood crafts are fast disappearing but the craftsmen still have stories to tell from the era when Mysore was hub for all things sandalwood. ______________________________________________________ In the summer last year, @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology travelled with us to capture the local culture of Mysore. From a road trip through the paddy fields of Karnataka, we came upon the local rituals of Mysore, sampling the cuisine, roaming the streets, studying the silk industry and exploring awe-inspiring architecture. Here they share some of the experiences from their trip. . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #TheIndianTravelCraftsman #lodestarsanthology

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5 months ago

The Devaraja Market in Mysore dates backs to 1890 during the days of the Maharajas. The market is known for its rich history and wide array of goods - from cones of coloured kumkum powders to fresh vegetables, fruits and spices. ______________________________________________________ In the summer last year, @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology travelled with us to capture the local culture of Mysore. From a road trip through the paddy fields of Karnataka, we came upon the local rituals of Mysore, sampling the cuisine, roaming the streets, studying the silk industry and exploring awe-inspiring architecture. Here they share some of the experiences from their trip. . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #TheIndianTravelCraftsman #lodestarsanthology

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The banks on which the rituals are carried out by the locals are overcome by a feeling of peace as the sun sets. _______________________________________________________ In the summer last year, @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology travelled with us to capture the local culture of Mysore. From a road trip through the paddy fields of Karnataka, we came upon the local rituals of Mysore, sampling the cuisine, roaming the streets, studying the silk industry and exploring awe-inspiring architecture. Here they share some of the experiences from their trip. . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #TheIndianTravelCraftsman #lodestarsanthology

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A rice farmer harvests his field on the outskirts of Mysore. The primary grain of South India is rice, while in the North wheat is more common. ______________________________________________________ In the summer last year, @gretarybus and @lodestarsanthology travelled with us to capture the local culture of Mysore. From a road trip through the paddy fields of Karnataka, we came upon the local rituals of Mysore, sampling the cuisine, roaming the streets, studying the silk industry and exploring awe-inspiring architecture. Here they share some of the experiences from their trip. . . . . . . . . #Kamalan #TheIndianTravelCraftsman #lodestarsanthology

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