Kerala, Photography

A Welcome Visitor

Days were overcast and gloomy, raining intermittently and on top of it all, it’s Corona time…

I has been months since we had any visitors and even if some sales person turns up, he’s quickly been turned away politely.

Then, there came a visitor, elegantly, to soothe our minds and also to tell us that it’s not the time to get depressed, but to work on your strengths and be ready to sail when the headwinds stops…

She was the Southern Birdwing, the second largest Butterfly of India with a wing span of around 190mm.

With many a flowering plants and diverse flora around, we do get a chance to watch and photograph many a butterflies and it also shows the importance of micro habitats.

We will definitely overcome this tough time and explore the world …

PS: We had another surprise visitor or an even high profile guest, sometime back, that was the world’s largest moth, the ‘Atlas Moth’.

Please find the link to my post with the images of Atlas Moth here.

Kerala, Photography

Poorotsavam: A Unique Festival in North Kerala

Summer months in North Kerala is the time of festivals. If you are ready to brave the hot and humid conditions, ready to burn midnight oil, you will be rewarded with the best of experiences …

Poorotsavam is yet another unique festival celebrated in Northern Kerala to invoke the blessings of lord Kamadeva (Cupid) by young girls.

It’s a nine day festival and on the last day, a flower carpet is created with locally collected flowers. Velichappad or Pothi, a possessed one, visits houses and blesses devotees.

There are many other rituals and dance forms associated with Pooram (Poorotsavam) during all these days and the ambience is filled with sounds, lights and the fragrance of flowers…

Have a look at some of the images from this festival and thank you for your time 🙂

Photography

The story behind: Theyyam Makeup

Welcome to the ‘Mystic North Kerala’…

We are in the middle of yet another Theyyam season, vibrant days and nights… filled to the brim with drum beats and saturated colors.

Sleepless nights are well compensated by the divine dance of the Theyyams …

Theyyam make up is always interesting as it’s very much part of the transformation process, in which meager mortals become immortals, though, for a few hours.

Let me share a few images which I captured last week, while organizing a festival tour for our wonderful guests from Germany, Hans and Lilo.

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