A State of Grey

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A tint of gorgeous white
Coupled with the shade of headstrong black
Gives us the tone of an eternity
Grey, the result of prolonged forth and back.

Tracing the journey within,
It emerges through the cohesion of thought
A state of mind rather,
Building upon a trail of forgotten,
Grey, echoes in the heart.

Its existence once realized,
Amends constructed realities.
Created are storms of emotions
Coupled with a state of surreal trance
Grey, you’re welcome with open arms.

Parallel runs a crescent
Emerging through the wonders of a child’s mind
Envying the detached solitude of Grey,
A mere existence revealed.

As the emptiness sinks in
Overwhelmed with the power of nada
It’s grey,
A solid whole.
Beyond the individual,
Beyond the worlds esplanade.

Welcome, to a state of Grey.

Kerala Unlocked

#KeralaUnlocked consisted of a photo series that ran on instagram.com/raashi_hd that aimed at capturing the essence of the enthralling escapade I had while touring the State of Kerala, in India.
Its mesmerizing beauty and breathtaking landscapes coupled with the timid backwaters have catered to the taste of masses. The vacation was just what I needed, in order to rejuvenate my senses and the trip came into my life just in the right moment! So, here’s presenting to you…Kerala Unlocked.

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*the photos are in monochrome purposefully to be left upon the viewer to color for themselves in their minds.

Exquisite Art promoted by Colleen Shakti

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Colleen is a young and vibrant classical dancer from California. As a child she trained herself in belly dancing. She learned the Indian classical dance form of Odissi for two years in the USA, followed by her arrival in India in 2001.

She trained under Padma Cheran Dehury in Orissa and then went to Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Here, she met a local tribe named- Khalbelia ‘Gypsies’ who captivated her attention by their wild and natural expression of tribal existence. They let her research about their folk dances and helped her understand the rhythms and movements of various folk styles across Rajasthan.

Her friendship with this tribe has strengthened over the years. So much, that along with their support she was able to fulfill her dream of setting up a sacred dance space dedicated to her art.

In 2004, she established the Shakti School Of Dance, within a famous Vishnu temple of Pushkar. Various classical dance forms along with belly dancing and many fusions are taught here. Her tribal mates are found teaching their own folk styles too.

Colleen has performed at numerous international and national festivals and programs along with these dancers throughout the years that followed. Not just this, her success has also led to the creation of “The Pushkar Temple Dance Festival”, an annual music concert focusing on the Odissi Classical art form, in one of India’s most sacred cities, Pushkar.

It was an honour for me to be able to capture such a strong persona. She has very beautifully bridged the gap between Eastern and Western cultures. A very humble person within, Colleen, your inspirational 🙂

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One way. Two say. Three years…

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It’s the day you went on your knees for me,
A day, meant for us.
A day, signifying our beginning.
A day, also marking the rust.

At times you feel like you’ve resurrected from the past,
With a lot of voices in your head.
Theres a sense of freedom of some kind,
But thats just a metophor instead.

Cause it’s now when the feeling sinks in,
The real challenge initiates ahead.
The thought of being without you all my life,
Bring shudders, while I lay in bed.

Thinking about the future past
Each day I lay wide awake,
Thinking where I lost it all
Was it all my just my mistake?

Then the successive thoughts follow,
When nothing makes sense anymore.
There are times when I feel your here,
In dreams I come knocking at your door.

How am I supposed to move on,
When I’m still in love with you.
Maybe that’s why they say you ‘fall’ in love,
It’s something you just can’t undo.

I choose to not leave for the one thing you did wrong,
But to stay, for all the other things you did right.
This is my belief.
He stole my heart in every single way, and was begone. The thief.

Living in constant fear ever since,
Fear of trusting anyone again,
A fear that has only grown over the year,
It’s made me unsure of who I am.

Lost my friends and everything along,
Pushed everyone further away.
Got myself believing in the fact,
If you could leave, so could they.

Iv lived days, almost a year of guilt.
Guilt of something I didn’t commit.
Analysing what went wrong in haste,
Missing every single moment spent with you,
Clinging to every ray of hope together we lit.

Days, and months, and years I recall.
Happy, young, wild and care free.
Sailing swiftly on a boat named ‘life’,
Today, we turn three.
Today, we turn three.

P.S. I miss you, too.

Kala Ghoda Art Fest ’14

KGAF’14, is the annual art fest conducted by the Kala Ghoda Association, in Mumbai. It consists of various art exhibits, live performances from artists arround the country, workshops, heritage walks, and a very lively and cheerful audience at each and every performance, irrespective of the time of the day.

Personally, I have been attending KGAF for half a decade now. Starting with the children’s workshops I eagerly looked forward to every year, to shopping for decor with my mother in the shamianas. I’d also like to mention that earlier I attended kgaf just as an onlooker, but this year I went there as a photographer with a view to capture the essence of the art fest. It certainly has lived up to my expectations.

Witnessing the surging crowds this year, it’s popularity among the Mumbaikars, young and old, has certainly grown over the years. The main feature of KGAF’14 were the artist who performed from all over the country, voluntarily, here.

So, here are a few images I captured on my visit to KGAF ’14 Dance Section, this year.

Padma Shree Shovana Narayan

Padma Shree Shovana Narayan

 

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Mallika Sarabhai is an activist and Indian classical dancer from Gujarat, India. She is an accomplished Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer.

Other Classical Dancers-

 

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Kathak is one he eight Indian classical dance forms. It originates from the Hindi word “katha” meaning story.

 

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Bharatnatyam dancer

 

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Bharatnatyam Dancer biding adieu

Thank you.

 

Diwali. The Festival of Lights.

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Diwali, also known as ‘dipawali‘ is a festival celebrated in India on the occasion of the return of Lord Rama from his exile. Also the rescue of his beloved wife Sita from the evil Raavan in Lanka (now Sri Lanka).
This epic tale of ‘Ramayana’ was written by Valmiki Vyas, which later turned out to be the most famous epic of all time and served as a base for many religious literatures in India.
There were many versions of this same tale written as ‘Kumbharamayana‘ by Kumbhara and also that written by Kritivyas.

Diwali is a festival celebrated annually throughout the country in order to celebrate the return of Lord Rama. ‘Deep’ meaning diya or lanterns are lit across all homes followed by fireworks at night.

Sweets are distributed between neighbours an those beloved and an exchange of the local ‘faraal’ is seen. Faraal is a platter of different dishes made specially on the occasions of diwali. They consist of laddoos, karanjis, chakli, anaarsa, chivda, shankarpali and alot more. It is a beautiful platter of sweets, namkeens, snacks, and lots of love and effort. Woman are seen preparing all of the above mentioned a week prior to diwali.

Diwali is also known as the festival of lights in India. The sky is filled with the most beautiful fireworks across all cities in the country. Lanterns are lit in the balconies and verandah’s of all homes.

On the occasion of diwali here is a collection (group of consecutive posts) of photographs in my blog. My attempt at capturing this festival of lights. Hope you all like it.
Cheers!