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Steve McCurry @ Rubin

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Monsoon in Varanasi, India

Steve McCurry is for sure one of the most well known photographers. Through his travels in almost all parts of the world he shot incredibly arresting photographs most of which became iconic like the famous afghan girl.

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Monsoon in Varanasi, India

Rubin Museum hosts an exhibit of hid photographs shot in India in many of his travels in South and South East Asia. One of this trip was dedicated to shoot during the monsoon and many other during the famous Indian festival, Holi and Kumbh Mela.

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Holi Festival in Karnataka, India

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Buddhist debate at a Tibetan monastery, India

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Blog, India, News, USA

 

Colonial India at the Met

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Madurai temple jewels, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

At the Met, it just closed an amazing exhibit dedicated to the work of Captain Linnaeus Tripe, photographer for the British colonial power in South Asia. Between 1852–1860 he produced an unprecedented series of photographs documenting the landscape and cultural artifacts of south India and Burma.
I found surprising the images he took inside the Madurai Meenakshi Temple, a major holy site in Tamil Nadu. Today guards at the entrances located under the impressive Gopurans are screening the visitors for any kind of recording devices and not even a telephone is allowed in the temple.

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The South Gopuran in Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

The non-Hindus are banned to enter the sacred area of the temple, the altar of goddess Meenakshi, limiting them to walk the large halls where anyhow many ceremonies happen. As it was written in the explanation it took of political wrangling to let Tripe photograph inside the sacred area and probably could have been done only in those times.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Blog, India, USA

 

A chat about India in Bucharest…

…with Swami Ajatananda Puri and several of his disciples with whom he has regular satsang sessions teaching the non-dual philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, Swami-ji acquired this knowledge after long years of studies in India where he was a disciple of Swami Shantanada Puri whom I had the honor to interview for a documentary three year ago at Vashishta Guha near Rishikesh.

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Swami Ajatananada Puri with one of his disciples, Ajata.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Blog, India, Romania

 

Southern India’s People

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Sadhus in Arunachaleswarar Temple, Tiruvannamalai

I doubt that you can find a place in the world where people love so much to be photographed. India is for sure such a place and its people and their eagerness to stand in front of the camera make it a perfect destination for photographers. You may walk on the street and you are hailed by passerby to stop and take their picture or even if somebody carries a huge load on his back or head he would always stop if he senses that you want to take his picture. On the same token the Indians on pilgrimages that have a phone would want to take your picture or even better to have a picture with you so you will end up in a collection of photos in households around the country. I wrote extensively about this in a post about traveling in Southern India. I usually do not take portraits but I still got here a collection of them just by being asked to take them.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Blog, India

 

Southern India: Chennai

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St Thomas Church, Chennai

We published an albums with frames from the shoot in Chennai, known also by its old name of Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city is the fourth largest in India and is sprawled around the extended Gulf of Bengal’s Marina Beach. Besides several interesting buildings and government offices, the city is the place where Jesus Christ’ apostle Thomas, the Doubting Thomas, was entombed. Saint Tomas Church was built on top of his tomb. Together with St Peter in Rome and Santiago de Compostella in Spain, these are the only three churches built on apostles’ tombs. For more information read our blog’s post about Chennai

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Blog, India

 

Southern India: Vellore to Tirumala

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Washing the idols in Sri Jalagandeeswarar temple inside the Vellore Fort

We published an albums with frames from the shoot in Vellore and Tirumala.
Vellore’s fort
dates from the 16th century being used by all dynasties that ruled Southern India from the Nayaks to the British.
Close by in Sripuram, is located the famous Golden temple, Mahalakshmi Temple. Founded several years ago by Sri Shakti Amma, the temple is completely covered in 1.5 tons of gold. For security purposes cameras and cellphones are completely prohibited.
Several hours away by bus, on the sacred hill Tirumala towering over the city of Tirupati is located Sri Venkateshwara temple dedicated to a manifestation of Lord Vishnu.The temple is the most visited temple in the world with an average of 50000-100000 visitors a day, the darshan lines going every regular day for 6-7 hours, with days in waiting during the festivals. For more information please read our post about Vellore’s Golden Temple, Vellore Fort and Tirumala

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blog, India

 

Southern India: Tiruvannamalai

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Sri Ramana Maharishi’s meditation cave, Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai

We published an album with frames from the shoot in the holy city of Tiruvannamalai, located at the base of the Arunachala Mountain, a place full of caves where sages and saints found the needed tranquility to meditate in seclusion. The holy mountain is mentioned in the old puranas and is the abode of Lord Shiva who manifested on its top as a column of light, a tradition that is reenacted in a yearly festival  when a column of fire is lit for days in a row on top of the mountain. Because of its strong spiritual tradition Tiruvannamalai is home for many ashrams, the most famous being the one established by Sri Ramana Maharishi. For more information read our two blog posts about Tiruvannamalai and Arunachala

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Blog, India

 
 
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