Tag Archives: telugu language

telugu singing and tongue twisters…

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Rajam sings some Telugu songs…Chally chally and one from Shankar Dada MBBS – A telugu blockbuster movie


Siva recites a Telugu tongue twister about prema which means love

I have to bribe Balaji to sing a Telugu Christmas carol for me by promising to sing him one myself, but don’t worry i’ll spare you that part…

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the red barber…

I photographed him last year, a young barber who plies his trade from a tiny hut at the edge of Buddavaram* just outside the orphanage, i hope do a series of photographs on him and his clients this year if he lets me…The inside is papered red and bathes him and his customers in a glorious red light… His black clothes mean he is following a Ayyappa Deeksha** (see also Bhavani Deeksha previous post for similar religious behaviour, the devotees clad entirely in red). Anyway he gets a post to himself because he looks rather splendid…

The Red Barber’s Hut – a genius use of a small space…

* Buddavaram means “Wednesday” in the language of Andhra Pradesh, Telugu

** Ayyappa Deeksha is an offering on the part of an individual as part of the Hindu religion, there are many many rules but what it boils down to is that the devotee must live a very austere life for 41 days preceding a visit to the Temple. During this time, the mind is made to withdraw from the worldly objects and is slowly directed towards Ayyappa.

The black clothes symbolise a mind withdrawn from all material  objects. The black cloth suggests devotee is dead to the world of perceptions, emotions and thoughts and he is immersed in the thought of Ayyappa.

lost in translation

Am reasonably good with languages, i always make an effort. After a month in croatia/bosnia i had a (very) basic grasp of the language, i could order coffee, shop etc, same in turkey…but telugu has defeated me completely, I do not know a single word. People tell me a word or phrase, i repeat it, and thirty seconds later it has dissolved away never to return. It will not stick in my brain… and the text, such beautiful squiggly lines…am completely and utterly defeated.

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