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. 

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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.

Shantamma from Dindigul

We met this multi-faceted lady in a small hamlet near Dindigul, TN. Shantamma used to be a handloom sari weaver by profession and spent over 8 hours on the loom, everyday for over 30 years. 
Even in her childhood (she started weaving while she was still in school) she had a knack for weaving complicated designs that require a lot of effort and strength. She enjoyed challenging her male counterparts in this regard and she was entrusted to weave Sari designs that were traditionally woven by men. Diabetes has made it impossible for her to sit in one position for long hours and she is now retired from weaving. 
Weaving is not the only thing that interests her. She also has a deep passion for politics and thinks that those in power should use the opportunity to perform social service and help the community. She herself stood for panchayat elections in the late 90's and won the election. It was during her term as Panchayat head that a tar road was built to connect her hamlet to the highway leading to Dindigul. 
Another one of her accomplishments that she is really proud of , is helping fund the construction of the 'gopuram' or tower for the local temple. For many years the temple in her neighbourhood was without a gopuram. Shantamma and a few lady weavers from the village decided to do something about. Everyday, after they finished weaving, they would catch the bus to Dindigul town and walk from door to door collecting donations for construction of the gopuram. In 6 months, they had collected enough and their local temple now has a gopuram.

Food photography for MealMapper

The following images were commissioned by a Chennai based fitness company called Movement Inc. Their website - 'MealMapper' generates personalized nutrition recommendations based on an individual's height, weight, activity levels and food preferences using the science of portion control.