CHENNAI TIMES

My visit to Chennai was a good start to 2015. I always wanted to visit South India after extensively visiting the North, East and West, and finally got this chance.

It was a packed schedule of six days with three weddings to document. I shot my first Muslim wedding and second shot with the ever-so-awesome photographer Varun Suresh. You all will get to see the weddings in upcoming blog posts but a few shots from a personal project are below. I am trying to document as many patterns of nature as possible. And I am quite happy with the images I got here in Chennai.

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Egg, one of the bride’s cat. She was tiny and comfortably sitting in an oval shape when they first saw, so instantly named her Egg.

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I also had a chance to meet and work with this wonderful team of cinematographers from Chennai, Anvitha & Naveen. You can see their work on Vimeo. Anvitha and me have been friends for quite sometime now and had met her only in 2010. It was really nice meeting and working with her.

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I managed a glimpse of the beautiful land of Tamil Nadu, so many sights, tastes and emotions to soak in. I missed visiting Marina Beach, may be thats for my next visit. I visited the beautiful Kapaleeshwarar Temple and it literally took my breath away. Southern architecture also known as Dravidian architecture has always fascinated me.

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Chennai Auto. The driver was cleaning up his auto and I asked him if he could park the auto in the spot I wanted and he happily did : )

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My love for South India is not limited just to architecture but extends into sarees, jewellery and food too. Early on I had started collecting silk sarees which have become an inseperable part of me. I am also saving up for temple jewellery.

Anvitha graciously agreed to take me to Nalli. A visiting to Nalli’s oldest shop (since 1928) was definitely on top of my list. I was in a wonderland!

Chennai Silks

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I had a chance to visit one of the oldest breakfast place Saravana Bhawan and loved the chutneys they served. However the idlis and dosas of Murugan Idli Shop are so much better. I think they should team up and cook what they are best at !

 I also got a chance to dine at Mahamudra by Isha life. It is a boutique restaurant and I would highly recommend for healthy and wholesome eating.

I am really hoping to go back soon and probably visit surrounding places like Dakshin Chitra, Pondicherry and Sri Lanka! So any of you plan to get married here, I will happily book my tickets !

I will leave you all here by wishing you a very Happy New year ! Times are passing by too quickly ! I have no idea what 2015 has in store for me but I am looking to explore more in terms of a visual artist. I am also hoping for more travel.

And also give way to a special project that I have been working on for quite sometime now, a new blog perhaps shall see the light soon !

Love !

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LIGHT & SHADOWS : BHAKTI SAURABH

Bhakti & Saurabh wanted some portraits and had contacted me via Facebook.

A few conversations with them and I knew what kind of pictures I wanted for them. We met on a sunny Sunday morning and didn’t go quite well as planned due to the park timings.

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It was lovely seeing them warm up to the idea of me being there. Saurabh really helped here with his constant funny lines which made her laugh.

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We headed home as they had invited me over lunch and I thought of making good use of the wonderful window light they had !

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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.