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Life at Hampi

Master and his baby Elephant, Hampi Karnataka

Curiosity might kill a cat but has always been helpful to me. I photographed these people from Hampi, because I was curious. I was curious to know what their life is like, what do they feel or what are they thinking right now at this very moment. I want to feel life and emotions through different faces; and some of them made an imprint in my mind already.

I approached them with a smile and they offered me their warmth and love. As we got to socialize with locals, they were much more eager to know about my small world. My camera was the medium of communication to bridge the gap of language and culture between us and it brought us within a common comfort zone. I didn’t find them camera shy and all of them loved getting photographed. As I passed by their colourful houses, I could hear these words from all directions – “Hello madam! Photo!’ followed by ear to ear smiles of kids. Here are some pictures taken as I socialize with them-

A 'Lambani' lady dressed in a traditional attire, this is called 'High strret fashion'
A ‘Lambani’ lady dressed in a traditional attire, this is called  a ‘High street fashion’
There is art in everywhere : Making mats from Banana leaf
Making mats from Banana leaf, art for the soul of it.
As she says, It is the place where lord Ram met Hanuman
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Kids love to pose for camera here!
A cup of tea with local ladies, they are very chatty indeed!
A cup of tea with local ladies and I realize that they are extremely chatty!!
Modernization has changed the clay pots to unbreakable plastic, but the method is still same.
Modernization has changed the clay pots to unbreakable plastic, but the method is still same.
In the spirit of festival season, women worshiping in a group
In the spirit of festival season, women worshiping for Lord Shiva
Master and his baby Elephant
Master and his baby Elephant
Washing lines
Washing lines
A coracle  boat house?
A coracle boat house?
A pair of  jute sleepers
A pair of jute slippers, an acupressure therapy I suppose..
Grass is always greener on the other side- walking  to reach here everyday for goat's food
The grass is greener on the other side, and they walk miles everyday to reach here for green grass!!
A flute player, he had remarkable sense of humor!!
A flute player, he had some remarkable sense of humor
Men and birds working together for some good crop next year
Men and birds working together for some good crop next year
A rock climber for 20 years
A rock climber for 20 years

The simplicity of their lives and complexity of Hampi’s architecture have managed to make a million numbers of frames in my mind. Farmers ploughing gold in their fields, birds flying to kiss the sky; coracle riding to cross the river or water sprinkled by baby elephant as it got ready for its evening rituals of worship; such an ambience makes Hampi a visual treat. And the ruins of Hampi are a testimony to its prosperity and culture. I wish for another trip to revive those beautiful memories.

You may also read about rock climbing at Hampi

http://datravelography.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/20-years-of-rock-climbing/

6 comments

  1. Hampi is suddenly all over the blogosphere. I just look and read with awe and feel very stupid because I went there on a school trip years ago, and I barely saw anything because I was too busy giggling with my friends about… You know… 14-year-old-girly stuff :/ Pictures are amazing! I’m definitely going back!

    1. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I say hampi is heaven… I was so sad leaving that place… would definitely go for another trip soon..

      1. I’m sorry to read of the loss of life. Thou it seems as if the right thing occured when the brdige collapsed. The coracle is an amazingly strong, small hand-crafted boat to carry three people and two bikes. May the people be allowed to decide.

    2. Sorry to hear of the loss of the workers kileld in the accident. My condolences to their families. Makes me wonder if that bridge was supposed to be built at all! Sounds like there were several good arguments against it in the first place!This reminds me of Thanksgiving weekend, 1988 in a way. My brother and I had gone out shopping on Saturday, and one of the places we went to was completely destroyed by a tornado in the early hours of Monday morning. Remarkably, even though the string of tornadoes struck in the dead of night when most people were sleeping and completely by surprise (late November is well past the usual season for tornadoes!), only 4 people were kileld.Best to you and yours on this Republic Day!

  2. Really bad!! We had been to Hampi too but a few years back. Unfortunately we couldnt visit Anegundi. But went for a cocrlae ride…And the guy who was handling the cocrlae made this fast spins in the water. It was thrilling.Why do we need a bridge when there ate cocrlaes to ferry us across? I would anyday prefer a cocrlae ride to travelling over the bridge.

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