HARMONY IN GREYSCALE

It’s always been a black and white image that has held my attention for the longest.

It is something about the monotones that intrigue me always. 

Always.

The next is minimalism in a frame.

I like that it leaves some room for me to make my own meaning to it.

I recently came across some brilliant strokes by artist Tasneem Amiruddin and I am happy to call her my friend. I am taking the liberty to publish her work here without speaking to her only because it is in good faith and her work has inspired me so much. It is classic !


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I feel I have grown as a photographer in terms of my aesthetic sense.

It is moving more towards minimalism, black and white and more natural looking.

Tasneem, thank you so much again for inspiring me : )

Love !

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RAAG MALHAR

Music is an integral part of my life, in fact not just mine but music plays a pivotal role in everyone’s life. Events are incomplete without music. I have fond memory of my grandfather listening to Amin Sayani’s Binaca Geetmala on the radio.  And when I got a chance of a photo-session with a music practitioner, I was over the moon !

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Shalmalee Joshi has been doing her *riyaaz for almost her entire lifetime. The entire family follows a rigourous musical lifestyle and I was amazed to see that they don’t even have a television and don’t feel the need for it.

Their entire house is full of musical things and things that hold meaning to them. Every article in the house has a story behind it.

When I first went to see her, her only brief was that she is looking for pictures that will show a blend of music & nature. She says that nature inspires her more than anything else !

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Follower of *Jaipur Atrauli Gharana, Shalmalee has given many performances at Mehrangarh Fort at the Jaipur annual music festivals.


Shalmalee is newly training herself under one of very eminent singers from Jaipur on a very special project. I hope to document that too !


I can’t help but be amazed and in awe of her and they way she has trained herself musically. I also got a chance to relish on a native delicacy made by her and it re-instills my faith in “you are what you eat”.

I have these photographs so close to my heart not just because of her but also the kind of person she is.  She just has so many many stories to tell, right from her Himalayan adventures where she sang for everyone atop the mountain in freezing degrees to singing for the royal family of Jaipur.

These two happen to be my favourite photographs.

None other than Mr. Rai’s work was an absolete inspiration for this.

These photographs were edited while listening to Shruti Sadolikar & Kishori Amonkar’s “Sahela Re”.

I am more than humbled to be able to meet her and listen to her stories and hope for a chance to document her more.

I really hope these pictures inspire you to at least go listen to your favourite piece of music.

*riyaazRiyaaz is an Urdu language term used for music practice, for honing of Hindustani classical music vocal as well as instrument skills. It is followed rigorously by the students as well as exponents of vocal as well as dancing forms.

*Jaipur Atrauli Gharana ~ The Jaipur-Atrauli gharana (also known as the Jaipur GharanaAtrauli-Jaipur Gharana, and Alladiyakhani Gharana) is a Khayal-based stylized singing family-hood (gharana), founded by Ustad Alladiya Khan (1855–1946) in the late 19th century. His family belonged to Atrauli near Aligarh, and subsequently migrated to Jaipur, giving the gharana its name.

INSTA GOODNESS CALLED INSTAGRAM

A bit of happiness on a Monday is not too bad !

Just last week I saw that I have a little over 500 followers on Instagram, 506 to be precise and it really makes me happy !

I have been on Instagram for over a year now and its been a wonderful time here. And my blog and Instagram are my favourite places to be !

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Here are the few awesome Photo people I feel you should definitely look for as they are an absolute source of inspiration for me !

TANA GANDHI – Queen of Minimalism

The queen of minimalism as she is, I think she has absolutely wonderful sense of composition which never fails to amaze me. She is my new favourite.

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I also very recently found that she also has a blog and that to a very lovely one…I see her topping my “must follow” list.

MAGALI VAZ –  For Daily Goodness

Magali is a personal friend and an inspirational blogger.  She has been quite instrumental towards me staring up my blog and running it on a daily basis.

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Magali also authors her really famous blog Life Etc.

ANVITHA PILLAI – Story Teller

Her feeds are an absolutelt visual treat as are her stories good to hear.

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She also writes and you can read her blog here.

KISMET JEWELL NAKAI – The Fancy Photographer

My second current favourite ! And the fancy photographer behind The Unreal Bride.

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You can also see her personal portfolio here.

ALPANA ARAS – A Very Old Favourite

I cannot not follow her. She has been my favourite from my Flickr days and I am so glad I could track her on facebook and now on Instagram and her blog.

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Alpana took a few pictures of G and me on one of her trips to India in 2012. You can see the pictures here .

SACHIN KHONA – Iconic Photo Maker

I have been following him for over two years now and is a constant source of inspiration.

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His wedding photographs are iconic and his portraits truly capture the essence of the person. See them here.

Please do suggest if you feel I should follow a particular person on Instagram or a blog that I might have missed.

One more thing that I am excited about is that December is here and it is vacation time!

G and me are on a vacation for next half of the month starting 15th. I have planned a surprise trip for G and me for our anniversary. But looks like I am terrible at planning surprises when you have a very intelligent and a very doting husband around so I guess he knows it but he is being very kind and putting up an act of “not knowing”.

So I guess this will be my last post in December but I am gonna try and write just one more before we go . Have you guys planned up for the new years, things you are looking forward to in the new year, tell me about it !

Love.