Pet portrait booth

Pet portrait booth is a contemporary pet portraiture service based in Bangalore. It is a collaboration between me and Samyukta Lakshmi - an experienced documentary photographer and animal lover. 

Pet portrait booth operates a mobile studio that can be set up in the client's home or any other indoor environment with a 8 x 8 feet of empty space. Once the animal has had the chance to get comfortable in this surrounding, Samyukta and I capture each sitter's unique character.

For further details, please write to us a petstudiobooth@gmail.com or call us at +91 8971446867

Gender binary activists in Bangalore's queer community

The August, 2018 edition of GQ India and their feature story on gender fluidity profiled Durga Gawde and Xen Aerat in the larger context of Bangalore’s diverse queer community. Special thanks to Suresh Jayaram and Sandeep TK 

Actor headshots

I was commissioned by an actor to do a couple of portrait sessions for building a portfolio of headshots. We decided to do a variety of lighting situations to create different moods. It was fascinating watching an actor emote for the camera and being part of their process.

Caravan Magazine, May - 2019.

Renaissance men - The orators helping Kerala fight against religious revivalism’

Portrait work in the May issue of The Caravan magazine. I photographed orators Sunny Kapikad and Sunil Elayidom - they are speaking out against religious revivalism in Kerala. Champions of the marginalised and advocates of renaissance values , Their speeches in the aftermath of the Sabarimala issue have reached lakhs of people in India and abroad via YouTube.

Portrait assignment for Time Magazine


Bindu A and K Kanakadurga became the first women to officially enter the Sabarimala shrine after the Supreme Court Verdict in September, overturning the long-standing ban on women of “mensturating age” entering the temple. After their incredibly courageous act, they were forced to go into hiding to escape the ire of right- wing extremist groups . I made this portrait of the incredible duo for Time magazine. 

Forum art gallery residency, 2019 awardee !

I’m delighted to announce that I’m the 2019 awardee of the Forum art Gallery residency in association with the Chennai Photo Biennale. During the residency, I will work on my projects, Chariots of frolic and an untitled project revolving around the single screen theatres in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Read more about the residency and my work in the link below

http://chennaiphotobiennale.com/events/forum-art-gallery-residency/

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India U-17 football team for GQ, India.

I photographed the India U-17 football team in the run-up to the U-17 Football World Cup being held in India.

The brief was to shoot portraits of the entire team, the coach+support staff and document an entire practice session of the team. 

I felt privileged to witness the discipline and determination that professional athletes train with. Even though these boys were on the cusp of adulthood and were still coming to terms with their own prowess and skill, many already had very strong personalities. It was so exciting that one of them may well go on to become the captain of the Indian football team. 

This story is featured in the October, 2017 issue. You can read the abridged version here

Fòcas India 2017-18 Document shortlist

My project 'Alone, Together' was one of thirty shortlisted entries as part of Fòcas India 2017 - 2018. An exhibition of the thirty artist's work was on display  at An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Scotland as part of Purvai Festival from Monday 7th Aug – Friday 29th September.

As part of the shortlisted group, I was interviewed by Fòcas Programme Director Katherine Parhar. You can read the full text of the interview here.

Attached are a few pictures from the exhibition.

Editorial for Silkwinds magazine - Bangalore's coffee culture

This assignment was for Silkwinds magazine - the inflight magazine for Silk Air. For it, I had to document the evolution of Bangalore's traditional coffee culture. Starting with the old world favourites serving the traditional frothy filter coffee, I made my way to new age coffee roasters serving cold brews and nitro coffee. You can read the whole story on pg. 19 of the print edition.

Varanasi

This image was taken at the Dasawamedh ghat (bank) in Varanasi.  Every evening, pilgrims gather in their hundreds to pay reverence to the River Ganga at the spectacular puja that happens at this important Ghat. Once the evening puja is finished, the activity at this Ghat slows down, that is until Michael and his friends gather at the well-lit Ghat for their nightly game of cricket. For a couple of hours this most unlikely of sporting arenas becomes a cricketing amphitheatre. As is the case with tens of thousands of cricket games played in the streets of India, everything is improvised, starting from the ball they use to the boundaries of the field of play, the wickets and sometimes even their bats. Because they don’t have a lot of space to play with, they use a very light but tough plastic ball that does not travel a great distance despite the effort that Michael and his friends put into each swing. Also, playing by a riverbank means they need to come equipped with plenty of spare plastic balls, everyday they would lose a couple of them to the Ganga. This particular day however, they got lucky. One of their lusty blows conveniently landed in a nearby tethered boat. The same boats that ferry pilgrims and tourists to the various bank of the holy city during the day. I took this picture when Michael volunteered to retrieve that ball.

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Homelands - A British Council workshop

A couple of images I made for a workshop conducted by the British Council in 2013. We were mentored by the amazing British portrait photographer Suki Dhanda whose infectious energy fuelled the week-long workshop. The work culminated in an exhibition at 1 Shanti Road in Bangalore and later travelled to galleries at British Council venues in Delhi and Mumbai.