Chendakkaran in North Kerala

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A temple in Thalassery, Kerala is  Ambalavattam Temple. It is  owned by Ambalavattam family and is managed by a charitable trust.

I shot this image at the temple during a festival. The Chenda is mainly played in Hindu temple festivals and as an accompaniment in the religious art forms of Kerala. The Chenda is a cylindrical percussion instrument used widely in  Kerala.

Panchari melam, comprising of instruments like chenda, ilathalam, kombu and kuzhal, is performed during virtually every temple festival in central Kerala. Another chenda melam which comes close to Panchari in popularity is Pandi Melam. Other chenda melams include chempata, adanta, anchatanta, chempha, dhruvam, navam, kalpam and ekadasam.

Click on the link to see an interesting image from Flickr by Ranjith Shenoy R: Rhythm of Kerala



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Isa Khan’s Tomb

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Isa Khan’s Tomb

Delhi has many historical monuments. One of them is Isa Khan’s Tomb.

Isa Khan was an Afghan noble in the court of Sher Shah Suri and later of his son Islam Shah Suri, both of the Sur dynasty. The tomb was built in Isa Khan’s lifetime in 1547-1548 AD, and is situated near Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb which was later built between 1562-1571 AD.

The pillared mausoleum is topped by an inverted flower-shaped dome with smaller supporting domes. It was reopened to public in April this year after a two-year restoration work.

Slanting rays of the evening sun brings out fine details of the tomb. The photo was taken with a point and shoot camera, Sony DSC-W35. It goes to show that you do not need a high-end digital SLR to take good photos.

The photo can be licensed from Getty Images.

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Barvi River

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Barvi River

On the Mumbai-Pune train route is the busy town of Ambarnath. A popular hill station, Matheran, and Titwala, which has a famous Ganesh temple, are close by

Ambeshiv Gaon is a small village, 11 km from Ambarnath railway station. Barvi River flows through the village. Barvi Dam is 12 km away. It supplies water to Navi Mumbai and Thane. It is surrounded by evergreen hills and dense forests.

Sree Ramadasa Ashram is located in Ambeshiv Gaon, by the side of Barvi River.


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Bandra Sea Link

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Bandra Sea Link

Bandra Sea Link is a unique cable stay bridge in the waters of Arabian Sea. It connects Bandra Reclamation with Worli in South Mumbai. It runs for 5.6 km over the Arabian Sea. Travel time is 20-30 min. Motorcycles and pedestrians are not allowed on the sealink.

First four lanes were opened to traffic in June 2009. All eight lanes were opened on 24 March 2010. It took ten years to complete and is considered an engineering marvel. It cost USD 280 million to build. Daily traffic count on the bridge is 40,000 vehicles.

This shot was taken from Shivaji Park area. Bandra end of the sealink is seen to the right.

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Incandescence is the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised. I shot this image on an April evening. The sky was cloudless and sun was just above the horizon. The colours in the sky were dramatic.

I underexposed a little to make the colours more rich and defined. I used my Canon EOS 550D in aperture priority mode with exposure compensation. I switched the white balance to cloudy to get beautiful tones from the sky

F-Stop was at f/3.5 and focal length was set to 20 mm . So the sun appears small.

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