Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday Photohunt - Flash and Graffiti/Street Art

 
Waiting for that Flash of inspiration to convey his message through Graffiti/Street art.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Skywatch friday

 
The Mumbai sky last morning.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Challenge - WOODEN (Furniture, Buildings, Crafts, Trees,...)

 
Spot the coppersmith barbets in the Wooden hangout. How many can you spot?

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ABC Wednesday - X

 
Xtreme artists on the wall at Dadar! 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Our World

 
Hill Road junction in Bandra West.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Monochrome mania

 
Queued up to buy kerosene in Bandra East.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Camera critters

 
A crow and cattle egrets near a garbage dump in Bandra West.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Photohunt - Hot and Fashion

 
In Mumbai, painting the wall with social messages sponsored by Corporate Houses is Hot and in Fashion.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Skywatch friday

 
The Mumbai sky last morning.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Challenge - Hot

 
Hot oil for frying chips on Bazaar road, Bandra West.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

ABC Wednesday - W

 
Worms on the Wall on Chapel Road, Bandra West.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our World - Lavani


Lavani is a combination of traditional song and dance in Maharashtra, which is performed to the beats of 


Dholak and Tabla. It is noted for its powerful rhythm and erotic sentiment and has contributed substantially 


to the development of Marathi folk theatre.  
Traditionally, the word Lavani is derived from the word lavanya which means beauty and is performed by 


women wearing nine-yard long saris and adorned with jewelery.
This genre of folk dance deals with different subject matters like religion, politics and romance. The songs in 


'Lavani' are mostly erotic and the dialogues tend to be risque in socio-political satire.
Originally, it was used as a form of entertainment and morale booster to the tired soldiers. Although the origins of Lavani can be traced back to 1560s, it came into prominence during the later days of Peshwa rule.


Honaji Bala introduced tabla in place of the traditional dholki and developed the baithakichi Lavani, a sub-genre, which is presented by the singer in the seated position.
Mohanabai Mahalangrekar, daughter of a nomadic harmonium player grew up performing the suggestive 


songs and dance moves of lavani in villages across Maharashtra. She never went to school, and the traditional Maharashtrian folk dance has been her bread and butter for 40 years now.
Mumbai-based Akanksha Kadam, on the other hand, was introduced to lavani 12 years ago and the 27-


year-old is now popular for the fast-paced, Bollywood-style lavani that she performs in stage shows.
Both of them have their own bands of dancers and musicians and perform this wonderful form of dance in various places throughout the country and sincerely hope that it is not looked down upon but given a stamp of respectability and honour that it deserves as a dance form.
The dance form had acquired such a bad reputation that there was a time when there no women ready to get into it and males had to dress as women and perform. There are 2 real good male performers even today. They are


Anand Satam


and Anil Hankare.
Do check out the slide show below of Lavani - the dance and the dancers! Click on it to see it enlarged in a new window.




All these pictures were taken at a show in Mumbai presented by Bhushan Korgaonkar.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Monochrome mania

 
The cross on Bazaar road, Bandra West in existence since 1698AD.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Camera critters

 
House sparrow.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday Photohunt - Ripple and Cooking

 
Flamingos checking whats cooking under the ripples of back waters in Sewri.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Skywatch Friday

 
Against a cloudy sky of Mumbai, shine the Buddha and the Golden Pagoda in Gorai.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday Challenge - Big

 
Big truck entering a small lane in Dharavi, Mumbai.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ABC Wednesday - V

 
Virgin Mary at Lands End in Bandra West.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our world

 
The living room in the 122 year old Raut's heritage bungalow in Gamdevi, Mumbai.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Monochrome mania

 
Sunni Jama Masjid in Bandra West.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Camera critters

 
A large egret in the Sewri backwaters.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday Photohunt - Clean and Graveyard

 
The Graveyard for all plastic waste in Dharavi keeps Mumbai Clean. Dharavi is a centre for recycling waste plastic and metal.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Skywatch friday

 
The sky last morning captured with a Nokia Lumia 800

video

A short video showing the 1st rains in Bandra, Mumbai, captured with a Nokia Lumia 800

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday Challenge - Container

 
Waste plastic being sorted out (size, thickness) in different containers in Dharavi, Mumbai for recycling.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ABC Wednesday - U

 
Up the lift to pluck 'Jambul' from the tree in Bandra East.
Ref Wiki : Jambul or Jamun or Jamblang (Syzgium cumini), Nava Pazham (Tamil) is an evergreen tropical tree in the flowering plant family Myrtaceae, native to India and IndonesiaThe various names for this fruit are (inJava) plum, jambul, jamun, jaman, black plum, faux pistachier, Indian blackberry, jambol, doowet, jambolan and jambol√£o. Scientific synonyms include Syzygium jambolanum, Eugenia cumini and Eugenia jambolana.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Our world

 
On Bazaar road, Bandra west. The barefoot enigma in the centre of the photograph is the famous photoblogger from Bandra - Firoze Shakir 

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Monochrome mania

 
On Bazaar road, Bandra West :)

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Camera critters

 
On Bazaar road in Bandra (west), Mumbai.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday Photohunt - Taste and Bridge

 
The Bandra Worli Sealink - A Bridge that brings home the Taste of modernity.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday skywatch and CDP theme Tranquility

 
The silhouette of the pigeon against the summer sky of Mumbai is a picture of Tranquility.

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