28 January 2010

Chitra Sante Exhibit-31st Jan, 2010

We are going to Chitra Sante on 31st Jan, 2010 after a great experience last year. Do visit us at our stall there!

10 January 2010

KR Flower Market- A Morning

 A Man Looks on, as i took this shot. This was a hotel just next to the mosque...The morning Scene gave a very natural look on this man of someone who just woke up and the glimpse of the mosque made it quite appealing to my eyes. That's the motivation to click this shot.(KR Market, Bangalore)
India is a country of different faiths and religions. Temples, mosques and churches are nothing but epitome of faith and emotions. Different religious places are named on various saints and different offerings are offered to each one of them. One of the mosques at KR Market where people tie Locks to the mosque gate as an offering for fulfilling their desire and they come an open them up as their wish gets fulfilled. (KR Market, Bangalore)
Street photography is not only enticing that you click real life, but also because you get to meet so many different characters on the street, you get near the way they live their life and how they conduct their business. Most of the people work in hardship but still continue to enjoy and spread smiles. Its only business which counts in the markets rather than origin or caste or religion!(KR Market, Bangalore)
It was interesting chatting with these two old men. they both are care takers of this mosque in the KR market and were just chatting around early morning when i reached. The flower seller was unpacking her recently arrived flowers from Tamilnadu and it was great talking to them. They asked me what these photos were for!! and i smile, clicked and sat with them and continued talking!!(KR Market, Bangalore)
When people smile and keep talking it doesn't mean they are always happy and having fun. Life in india has made us all tough and apart from day to day hardships, we have learn to smile in every up and Down. As this guy finished talking to me, i was wondering how come people are so happy with so little!! As i kept looking at him, there was a moment when this shot came up and later i could feel and see the intensity of his face and the hardships of life.(KR Market, Bangalore)
A book store housing variety of magazines on sale!! (KR Market, Bangalore)
Flowers travel in from different parts and all converge to this market early morning. A young boy waits for their helpers to arrive to get delivery of flowers.(KR Market, Bangalore)
Wow, Fresh, color and huge!! But How much do we sell it for!!(KR Market, Bangalore)
Interiors of the KR market which not only houses flower shops dealing in tons and tons of fragrance and color, but there are stores for buying everything to anything related to Puja and all of these work in wholesales as well! (KR Market, Bangalore)
Interiors of the KR market give you a sense of extremely serious business and the volume side of this flower story. A shopkeeper waits for business to start, early morning (KR Market, Bangalore)

Business is good and there is enough for everyone. In the center of the market, is a huge hall where all the flower sellers settle down. There is a huge mount on the their top with a building with 4-5 floors and this huge tennis court spaced porch makes it a very dramatic location. An experience in itself to be around!(KR Market, Bangalore)

02 January 2010

Saree making Division

I wrote about a stroll around avenue road sometime back. People loved those visuals and even the blog was chosen as one for the "Blog of the Month" by Chromebug. Thx again to all!
 So while i wrote the previous piece, i thought that i would put a small feature about the saree weaving division. Here is that piece for your feast.
                   It was 8:30 am and a fellow friend tempted that we catch dosas for breakfast at a very traditional place nearby. We were moving around the small and mazy streets around Avenue street. and looked hungry  On one of the wrong turns we took, we came across a noisy house, with lot of churning and buzzing of some sort of heavy machinery. It was bound to catch our attention and the board on the top converged our thoughts as well. It read the name of the owner and their sari weaving division. No we looked more interested with the cameras and the dosas could take the back seat for a while!!

As we entered inside, this was a completely different world.This doesnt appear to be a huge room for the kind of machinery installed here. Few people manning those machines dressed in their most comfortable attire. appeared to be busy with their work and felt quite comfortable with the presence of photographers. yes, the sound of the shutter was miniscule in front of this guzzling and churning of machines and we were almost non-existent for them in any manner.
There were few interesting things to note.First it was the amount of sound coming out of these machines and above all, more surprising as to how these people get accostomed to it., working there whole day.I am sure working in such environment must be taking toll on their hearing abilities. I realized this point only when i came out of this place. I was numb for few minutes and then some white noise followed or a while. Also interesting was to note, the aged machinery being used but artists using their experience to actually get work done. Machines are built to be reducing man effort, but after a certain point, but i have always noticed man trying to reduce machine's effort. These guys working in extremely small space and kept a good close watch on every single thread coming into the weaver.

I was astonished with the skill of these people working here, how undisturbed they were with huge noise and how they made these machines to work. But the actual awekening was when i noticed one of the machine where the weaveing had been on for sometime and i could see the border of the saree readied. It was time to get down to talking to them. I learnt that every saree takes approximately 3-3.5 hours to complete. These guys keep a very close vigil on these threads going in and if the patterns are coming up properly. Also i learnt that the secret to these designs being woven so perfectly goes to their craftsmanship with using  the patterns. The patterns are built using huge semi-metallic stencils. The threads are fed into this weaver via these Stencils.

I continued talking to them and enjoyed these minutes spent at this place. Its so interesting to notice that when people in the corporate life often do complain about the environment in which they work and how these variables might impact their performance.

 But looking at people around us, working in all kinds of environments, it feels that if you are really dedicated, then its your craftsmanship,skill which matters. Finally i bid adieu to these friends of mine. I exchanged smiles with all of them and left.

I was soon joined by my gang. We continued the search and finally could find out the dosa centre. The dosas were yummy but this experience of saree weaving really got weaved and embroided into my mind.