Monthly Archives: January 2014

witness to spontaneous dancing…

Please watch film below for top notch, spectacular impromptu Indian dancing from near the tiny village of Ajjampudi…deserves its own post!

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instant garlands from water lilies…

My ex student Mounika now studying for college asks me to come out with her and help her take better photographs one Sunday, i miss her in my classes (she’s a brilliant artist) so i am happy to have her come along, also if i go into the villages with any of my kids from school, it’s always a different experience…

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We go to Ajjampudi, about half a km walk from the orphanage. Mounika is Hindu and wants us to go into the temple…the priest insists on making a small ceremony (a puja)  for us, none of which i can film…darn it…but i emerge with a spot of vermilion pigment on my forehead and half a coconut in my hand as a memento. A (not tame) monkey observes us from the outside…

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As ever a group of kids start to follow, some of them are village kids from my class…

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They are mad keen to be photographed and even though i beg them not to they jump into water to swim and show off, climb walls, dive for water lilies…

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This little group of kids are all brothers and sisters…and they live in a ramshackle hut with no windows and no doors…with elderly grandparents…

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the boys show me how to make instant necklace garlands from the water lilies…

muggu artist…

Was lucky enough to film this woman going about her daily ritual of making her Muggu (Hindu welcome drawing) from rice flour. The film lasts about 6 minutes and is worth watching as she is so skilled and it is an absolute beauty.:

other muggu/kolam posts on this site

christmas muggus in Ajjampudi

photoshop muggu

some more muggu…

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puja

the lasting effects of photography classes…

Mounika had photography classes from me last year, but she still gets top marks from me this year for this image and beautifully capturing a moment, nice composition too!! :

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photoshop muggu

So i have been running after school photoshop classes for 5 years now. I decided  to get the kids to make digital versions of traditional Rangoli (or “muggu” in the local Telugu language) which are normally drawn in chalk powder on the thresholds of Hindu households. Anyway, the symmetry and limitless possibilities for design variations make them an excellent challenge, here are some examples:

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