Project 365 Tiruvannamalai

Around the hill / Photography (C) Thierry Cardon / Project 365 public photo archive Tiruvannamalai
Around the hill / Photography (C) Thierry Cardon / Project 365 public photo archive Tiruvannamalai

 

Title: Around the Hill
Photographer: Thierry Cardon
Medium and format: 35mm analogue palladium print
Year: 2014 / 2015
Courtesy: EtP Project 365 public photo archive

EtP PROJECT 365

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

இ. டி. பி. ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365
அதி வேகமாய் மாறி வருகின்ற நவீன தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், புதுச்சேரி, கர்நாடக மற்றும் ஆந்திர மாநிலங்களை உள்ளடக்கிய பண்டைத் தமிழகத்தின் சமகால வாழ்வுமுறையையும், கலாச்சாரத்தையும், பன்முகத்தன்மை வாய்ந்த திராவிட சமூகத்தையும் புகைப்பட பதிவுகளாக பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு பொதுமை புகைப்படக்கலை திட்டமே ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365.

EtP പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് 365
അതിവേഗം മാറ്റങ്ങൾക്ക് വിധേയമായിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ആധുനിക കേരളം, തമിഴ് നാട്, കർണാടകം, പുതുച്ചേരി, ആന്ധ്രയുടെ ചില ഭാഗങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ഉൾപെടുന്ന സംഘകാല തമിഴകം പ്രദേശത്തിലെ സമകാലിക ജീവിതരീതികളും നിലനില്കുന്ന സംസ്കാരവും വൈവിധ്യമുള്ള ദ്രാവിഡവേരുകളുള്ള സമൂഹവും കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ച്‌ ഫോട്ടോ ദൃശ്യഭിംഭങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്ന ഒരു പൊതു സാംസ്‌കാരിക കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ് പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ 365.

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Close encounters: 365days myopic view

{ Essay on photography by Arjun Ramachandran, a media student with interests in cinema and photography. 365 days myopic is a smart phone photographic series done by photographer Abul Kalam Azad, as a contribution to Project 365 public photo archive Tiruvannamalai. In this unique, expansive body of work Abul records the everyday life in the ancient town, Tiruvannamalai. Abul is the Director of Project 365, and co-founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography.}

Since the advent of digital technology and its fast growth, we have been carelessly misplacing or erasing much of the images we produce, “safely” storing them in the long forgotten floppy discs, CD drives, USB drives, old mobile phones, cameras etc. Photography, which is essentially a print, has been stripped of its traditional alchemical quality and longevity, and has almost completely become mere virtual intangible images. While this digitization has undoubtedly democratised the medium and stretched the horizons of thought of its practitioners, the danger is, in an instant, the innumerable casual-yet-valuable images that are being made can be lost forever to our future generations.

Digital recording is, largely, mere magnetisation of a material or optical marks made on a surface. The unwanted and untrue connotation that the word “digital” has acquired is that it is only presentable on a screen; “digital” only really means quantised, non-continuous data. On the basis of this misunderstanding, we have been storing digital images for the purpose of virtual viewing alone and by nature, digital recording is much more vulnerable to damage compared to analogue (read continuous) recording. A stray magnetic field is enough to wipe out a hard disk.

Even though several thousand photographs are being taken every day, by nearly everyone, only a very few provide thoughtful and focused efforts to preserve these photographs like yesteryear epigraphical documentation or other iconographic motifs for the benefit of future generations. This is as much an effect of seeming unnecessity and non-viability as it is of gross negligence. Documents are only valuable for those who see a use for it many years down the line, and not for those who do not intend to pay a second thought to the matter. Smart phone photographs, therefore, seem trivial and replicable for the majority of the authors and as such, irrelevant. These photographs may not be printable in larger formats, may not be commercially viable, but in an archive, they serve well the intended purpose – a visual document of ordinary people and their everyday life in an ancient town.


Abul Kalam Azad has been making smart phone photographs as connecting anecdotes for project 365. He has created several hundred lo-fi images depicting the life and culture of this ancient town, recording routine or chance meetings, casual events or details of his own daily life. Project 365 public photo archives will be locally preserving these images for public access and research. Setting aside his expertise in analogue & experimental photographic works and after traversing through digital, painted, manipulated images, Abul has consciously shifted to smart phone image making in a bid to utilise its nuances.


Smart phone images readily seem to bring in an element of autobiography. The daily events are most often captured through them, almost always in a moment of subconscious composition and judgement. There is a lack of formality or any veil of pretention that a bulky professional camera might induce even though the pretentions and mannerisms of the “real world” remain intact, as the smart phone remains nearly invisible between the subject and the artist. Even in staged portraits captured on smart phones, the posture of the subject becomes much freer. The smart phone becomes something of a non-intervening observer, not affecting the system at all.

The myopic eye of smart phone demands that the photographer has to be within a certain “intimate” distance to take a photograph. There has to be a certain connection between the one who is being photographed and the photographer himself – using a smart phone to create portraits of people means that the photographer is not a mere witness; the one who is photographed often looks straight into the camera and thus, at the photographer. A reflection of the effect of eye contact between the photographer and the subject is captured in the portrait.


This presence of intimacy is what a spectator relates to in these images. As personal spaces become increasingly reserved and physical contact becomes restricted in a wave of conservative urban-elite influence, this welcome intrusion of a nonprofessional-appearing, smart-phone-wielding photographer into touching distances of the subject is a reminder of the extent of simplicity and freedom in human relationships.

Disclaimer: Photographs and text published in this post is copyrighted property of the author. Prior permission is required from the author for republishing and reprinting. For more information, contact Ekalokam Trust for Photography at admin@etpindia.org

Project 365 Tiruvannamalai

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

Title: Colors of Tiruvannamalai
Photographer: Dinesh Khanna
Medium and format: Digital
Year: 2014 / 2015
Courtesy: EtP Project 365 public photo archive

EtP PROJECT 365

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

இ. டி. பி. ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365
அதி வேகமாய் மாறி வருகின்ற நவீன தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், புதுச்சேரி, கர்நாடக மற்றும் ஆந்திர மாநிலங்களை உள்ளடக்கிய பண்டைத் தமிழகத்தின் சமகால வாழ்வுமுறையையும், கலாச்சாரத்தையும், பன்முகத்தன்மை வாய்ந்த திராவிட சமூகத்தையும் புகைப்பட பதிவுகளாக பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு பொதுமை புகைப்படக்கலை திட்டமே ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365.

EtP പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് 365
അതിവേഗം മാറ്റങ്ങൾക്ക് വിധേയമായിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ആധുനിക കേരളം, തമിഴ് നാട്, കർണാടകം, പുതുച്ചേരി, ആന്ധ്രയുടെ ചില ഭാഗങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ഉൾപെടുന്ന സംഘകാല തമിഴകം പ്രദേശത്തിലെ സമകാലിക ജീവിതരീതികളും നിലനില്കുന്ന സംസ്കാരവും വൈവിധ്യമുള്ള ദ്രാവിഡവേരുകളുള്ള സമൂഹവും കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ച്‌ ഫോട്ടോ ദൃശ്യഭിംഭങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്ന ഒരു പൊതു സാംസ്‌കാരിക കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ് പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ 365.

For more information contact EtP at project365@etpindia.org / http://www.etpindia.org

Project 365 Tiruvannamalai

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town.

Title: Children of different gods
Photographer: Ami Gupta
Medium: Digital
Year: 2014 / 2015
Courtesy: EtP Project 365 public photo archive

EtP PROJECT 365

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

இ. டி. பி. ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365
அதி வேகமாய் மாறி வருகின்ற நவீன தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், புதுச்சேரி, கர்நாடக மற்றும் ஆந்திர மாநிலங்களை உள்ளடக்கிய பண்டைத் தமிழகத்தின் சமகால வாழ்வுமுறையையும், கலாச்சாரத்தையும், பன்முகத்தன்மை வாய்ந்த திராவிட சமூகத்தையும் புகைப்பட பதிவுகளாக பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு பொதுமை புகைப்படக்கலை திட்டமே ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365.

EtP പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് 365
അതിവേഗം മാറ്റങ്ങൾക്ക് വിധേയമായിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ആധുനിക കേരളം, തമിഴ് നാട്, കർണാടകം, പുതുച്ചേരി, ആന്ധ്രയുടെ ചില ഭാഗങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ഉൾപെടുന്ന സംഘകാല തമിഴകം പ്രദേശത്തിലെ സമകാലിക ജീവിതരീതികളും നിലനില്കുന്ന സംസ്കാരവും വൈവിധ്യമുള്ള ദ്രാവിഡവേരുകളുള്ള സമൂഹവും കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ച്‌ ഫോട്ടോ ദൃശ്യഭിംഭങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്ന ഒരു പൊതു സാംസ്‌കാരിക കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ് പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ 365.

For more information contact EtP at project365@etpindia.org / http://www.etpindia.org

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town.

Project 365 Tiruvannamalai

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town.

Title: Folklore practitioners and indigenous herbs
Photographer: Pee Vee
Medium and format: Digital
Year: 2014 / 2015
Courtesy: EtP Project 365 public photo archive

EtP PROJECT 365

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

இ. டி. பி. ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365
அதி வேகமாய் மாறி வருகின்ற நவீன தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், புதுச்சேரி, கர்நாடக மற்றும் ஆந்திர மாநிலங்களை உள்ளடக்கிய பண்டைத் தமிழகத்தின் சமகால வாழ்வுமுறையையும், கலாச்சாரத்தையும், பன்முகத்தன்மை வாய்ந்த திராவிட சமூகத்தையும் புகைப்பட பதிவுகளாக பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு பொதுமை புகைப்படக்கலை திட்டமே ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365.

EtP പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് 365
അതിവേഗം മാറ്റങ്ങൾക്ക് വിധേയമായിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ആധുനിക കേരളം, തമിഴ് നാട്, കർണാടകം, പുതുച്ചേരി, ആന്ധ്രയുടെ ചില ഭാഗങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ഉൾപെടുന്ന സംഘകാല തമിഴകം പ്രദേശത്തിലെ സമകാലിക ജീവിതരീതികളും നിലനില്കുന്ന സംസ്കാരവും വൈവിധ്യമുള്ള ദ്രാവിഡവേരുകളുള്ള സമൂഹവും കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ച്‌ ഫോട്ടോ ദൃശ്യഭിംഭങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്ന ഒരു പൊതു സാംസ്‌കാരിക കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ് പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ 365.

For more information contact EtP at project365@etpindia.org / http://www.etpindia.org

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town.

Project 365 Tiruvannamalai

EtP PROJECT 365 Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

Title: Making of an inclusive mountain
Photographer: Waswo X Waswo
Medium: Hand painted on digital archival print
Year: 2014 / 2015
Courtesy: EtP Project 365 public photo archive

EtP PROJECT 365

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

இ. டி. பி. ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365
அதி வேகமாய் மாறி வருகின்ற நவீன தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், புதுச்சேரி, கர்நாடக மற்றும் ஆந்திர மாநிலங்களை உள்ளடக்கிய பண்டைத் தமிழகத்தின் சமகால வாழ்வுமுறையையும், கலாச்சாரத்தையும், பன்முகத்தன்மை வாய்ந்த திராவிட சமூகத்தையும் புகைப்பட பதிவுகளாக பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு பொதுமை புகைப்படக்கலை திட்டமே ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365.

EtP പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് 365
അതിവേഗം മാറ്റങ്ങൾക്ക് വിധേയമായിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ആധുനിക കേരളം, തമിഴ് നാട്, കർണാടകം, പുതുച്ചേരി, ആന്ധ്രയുടെ ചില ഭാഗങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ഉൾപെടുന്ന സംഘകാല തമിഴകം പ്രദേശത്തിലെ സമകാലിക ജീവിതരീതികളും നിലനില്കുന്ന സംസ്കാരവും വൈവിധ്യമുള്ള ദ്രാവിഡവേരുകളുള്ള സമൂഹവും കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ച്‌ ഫോട്ടോ ദൃശ്യഭിംഭങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്ന ഒരു പൊതു സാംസ്‌കാരിക കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ് പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ 365.

For more information contact EtP at project365@etpindia.org / http://www.etpindia.org

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town.

Project 365 Tiruvannamalai

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town.

Title: Around the Hill
Photographer: Thierry Cardon
Medium: Analogue 120 film negative palladium print
Year: 2014 / 2015
Courtesy: EtP Project 365 public photo archive

EtP PROJECT 365                                                                                                Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

இ. டி. பி. ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365
அதி வேகமாய் மாறி வருகின்ற நவீன தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், புதுச்சேரி, கர்நாடக மற்றும் ஆந்திர மாநிலங்களை உள்ளடக்கிய பண்டைத் தமிழகத்தின் சமகால வாழ்வுமுறையையும், கலாச்சாரத்தையும், பன்முகத்தன்மை வாய்ந்த திராவிட சமூகத்தையும் புகைப்பட பதிவுகளாக பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு பொதுமை புகைப்படக்கலை திட்டமே ப்ராஜெக்ட் 365.

EtP പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് 365
അതിവേഗം മാറ്റങ്ങൾക്ക് വിധേയമായിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ആധുനിക കേരളം, തമിഴ് നാട്, കർണാടകം, പുതുച്ചേരി, ആന്ധ്രയുടെ ചില ഭാഗങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ഉൾപെടുന്ന സംഘകാല തമിഴകം പ്രദേശത്തിലെ സമകാലിക ജീവിതരീതികളും നിലനില്കുന്ന സംസ്കാരവും വൈവിധ്യമുള്ള ദ്രാവിഡവേരുകളുള്ള സമൂഹവും കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ച്‌ ഫോട്ടോ ദൃശ്യഭിംഭങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്ന ഒരു പൊതു സാംസ്‌കാരിക കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ് പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ 365.

For more information contact EtP at project365@etpindia.org / http://www.etpindia.org

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town.

Colors of Tiruvannamalai

“There are infinite ways of seeing. But when you see the world through Dinesh Khanna’s eyes, you are overcome with an innate sense of awe, besides many other emotions. The reason perhaps is the fact that he shoots from the heart. And it’s his incredible way of juxtaposing what he sees and what he feels that creates images that stay with you forever.” – Ami Gupta, Project 365  Photographer and Editorial Team, EtP on the works of noted contemporary Indian photographer and Project 365 leading photographer

Photographer Dinesh Khanna in Tiruvannamalai / Smart phone photography (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Project 365 public photo archives
Photographer Dinesh Khanna in Tiruvannamalai / Smart phone photography (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Project 365 public photo archives

Dinesh Khanna had visited Tiruvannamalai during Pongal festival. Dinesh has always been fascinated by Colors. As soon as he landed in Chennai, he was captivated by colors that can been seen every where. He happily said, “Tamil Nadu and I have one thing in common – colors”. His photographic contribution to our ancient town, “Colors of Tiruvannamalai” portrays the vibrant mood of this ancient town.

Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives

Everyday life in an ancient town

Dinesh Khanna is the co-founder and managing trustee of the Nazar Foundation in Delhi, a non profit trust that promotes the art of photography through various workshops, interactions and exhibitions. Doing this is his way of sharing his passion with budding and even experienced photographers. This organization also sponsors the biennial ‘Delhi Photo Festival’ which is an incredible platform for photographers to showcase their works.

Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives
Colors of Tiruvannamalai / Photography (C) Dinesh Khanna / DSLR 35mm camera / Archival pigment prints / Project 365 public photo archives

Thank you Dinesh Khanna for being part of this cultural initiative that creates and preserves photographic visuals of the fast changing culture and lifestyle of our ancient town.

Disclaimer: All rights reserved. All the images published in this blog is copyrighted property of the author (photographer) and is a part of PROJECT 365 PUBLIC ARCHIVES. Text by Tulsi Swarna Lakshmi  / EtP. Reprinting / publishing rights reserved by the author and/or EtP (PROJECT 365 public archives). Prior permission is required for reproduction / re-publishing for non-commercial public use and research. For more information contact EtP at {0}4175 237405 / {0}94879 56405 / project365@etpindia.org / FACEBOOK – Project 365

Inner and outer path, a 360degrees perambulation of the Hill

By seeing Chidambaram, by being born in Tiruvarur, by dying in Kasi, or by merely thinking of Arunachala, one will surely attain Liberation.” – Arunachala Mahatmyam

Arunachala refers to the holy hill at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. The hill is also known by the names Arunagiri, Annamalai Hill, Arunachalam, Arunai, Sonagiri and Sonachalam. Tiruvannamalai is revered as ‘Agni Sthala’ (Fire), one of the five elements described in shaivite philosophy. The Annamalaiyar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located at the base of the hill. Every year in the Tamil month of Karthigai (October–November), the Karthigai Deepam (Light) is lit atop the hill. The circumambulation of Arunachala Hill is known as Giri Pradakshina in Sanskrit and Giri Valam in Tamil. Every full moon, several thousand pilgrims perambulate around the Hill.  The pilgrims usually walk bare feet, chanting hymns and mantras dedicated to the holy Hill.

Inner path / Image (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Inner path / Image (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Inner path / Image (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Inner path / Image (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Inner path / Image (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Inner path / Image (C) Abul Kalam Azad / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives

The 14km perambulation has two different paths. One is the commonly known ‘outer path’ and not so common ‘inner path’. The inner path is belongs to the Protected Area of the State Forest Department. The Life in outer path is versatile and alive with many pilgrims walking and chanting. The well made road and pavements are often crowded with different shops that serve the circumnavigating pilgrims. This path is vibrant with life and activities. The life in inner path is totally different. In reality, the inner path is an abode to the Sadhus of Tiruvannamalai. The perennial ponds, the lone trails, the animals, unique plants and serene silence adorn the protected inner path.

Project 365 photographer Maveeran Somasundaram
Project 365 photographer Maveeran Somasundaram

Maveeran Somasundram, Project 365 photographer will be documenting the life in inner and outer path. Maveeran is born in a village called Thiruthuraipoondi, Thiruvarur Ditrict, Tamil Nadu. He started exploring photography when he was very young. He has completed his MBA. He is currently based in Chennai.

Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Outer path / Image (C) Maveeran Somasundaram / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives

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Project 365 is a PUBLIC PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PROJECT initiated by EtP to photo-document the fast changing ancient culture and contemporary lifestyle of the ancient Tamilakam territory. During the first phase, forty photographers will be documenting the multi-cultural aspects of #Tiruvannamalai, South Indian heritage town over a year period (Aug 2014 – July 2015). This Project is led by contemporary Indian photographer Abul Kalam Azad. FOR MORE PROJECT 365 IMAGES, see #etpproject365 In the next five years, EtP will document the Sangam period ports Muziris, Tindis and the cauvery basin culture and lifestyle.”

Disclaimer:

All rights reserved. All the images published in this blog is copyrighted property of the author and belongs to PROJECT 365 PUBLIC ARCHIVES. Reprinting / publishing rights reserved by the author and EtP (PROJECT 365 public archives). Prior permission is required for reproduction / re-publishing. For more information about Project 365, contact EtP at {0}4175 237405 / {0}94879 56405 / ekalokam@gmail.com / FACEBOOK – Project 365

120 years of ‘Christian presence and lifestyle’ in Tiruvannamalai

Christianity in the state of Tamil Nadu, India is believed to be 2000 years old. It possibly was introduced to Tamil Nadu by St. Thomas, the Apostle, one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ who landed in Malabar Coast (modern day Kerala) in AD 52. But today, these Saint Thomas Christians or Syrian Christians are found mainly in Kerala. Later the colonial age brought a large number of Portuguese, Dutch, British and Italian Christians to Tamil Nadu. According to 2011 census, the percentage of Christians in Tiruvannamalai District accounted to 2.95% of the total population.

Leo James, Project 365 photographer will be documenting the presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai. Camera always fascinated Leo and he always had the eye of an artist, and immense talent too. Leo enjoyed drawing and painting from a very young age and his father always hoped that he would ultimately opt for a career as an architect. But long before he was done with high school, he knew what he wanted to be for the rest of his life – a photographer. He was first inspired by what he saw in magazines and began by reading up on the art, learning the basics and techniques with the help of books on photography. Leo started following local photographers and photojournalists in his hometown Kollam, making friends, and learning from them whatever he could. After topping his Bachelors in Mass Communication and Video Production from the Kerala University, which also taught photography extensively, he was ready to take on the world. From conceptual works to autobiographical details, Leo experimented with the various realms of picture taking. He shot for events at first to fund his personal projects, maintaining a balance between his commercial work and his own passion, to take pictures of what interested him most as a creative person. Leo did an internship with some of the best advertising photographers in Cochin at that time, and mastered the art of studio photography.

Project 365 photographer Leo James
Project 365 photographer Leo James

While he was contemplating moving to Dubai, he met Abul Kalam Azad, a revered photographer who made a huge impact on him as a person and as an artist. Leo spent some valuable time with Abul, his most admired mentor, as he assisted him with his work and learnt more along the way. Leo currently works in Dubai, on various commercial projects and his portfolio includes industrial photography, products, architecture,events and even portraits. While he is an expert with his planned studio shots that he takes with his digital camera, he also experiments with the analogue medium, shooting with several different cameras and films. Most of Leo’s personal work is hugely autobiographical. It artistically reflects his journey from Kollam to Cochin and to Dubai and all his connections with different people and places, and the experiences he has had in between. Leo’s photos also portray a poignant sensitivity to his subjects, be it mundane objects in someone’s home, a cityscape, a fish market or his ode to an artist. His work also expresses his many moods, sometimes melancholic and sometimes nostalgic, among others.

Arcot Lutheran Church formerly known as the Danish Missionary Church – a church with 150 years of mission in history, was founded in the year 1863 at Melpattambakkam Village, Tamil Nadu, India, by the missionaries of the Danish Missionary Society and now spread over 5 districts of Tamilnadu, and one Pastorate in the State of Puducherry and one at Bengaluru, in the State of Karnataka India with the central administration office located at Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India.

In 1706 the first missionaries from Halle University, Bartholomew Ziegenbalg & Heinrich Plutcho were sent to India by the Danish King Frederick IV.  The German Missionary Ochs left the Leipzig Mission in 1863 on the question of tolerating caste in the Church and started an Orphanage in Melpattambakkam in South Arcot District, Tamil Nadu.  In 1864 he was accepted by the Danish Missionary Society as their Missionary. The Missionaries started school work. The preaching of the Gospel made them to establish congregations.  It was the Danish Mission Church till 1950 and the Danish Missionaries were the leaders at every stage.  In 1951 a new constitution was introduced and that paved the way for indigenous leadership and the church was named  “The Arcot Lutheran Church”. The Carmel Lutheran Church was established in the year 1890 and the Carmel Lutheran Church was established in the year 1914 in Tiruvannamalai.

Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
ALC, Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
ALC, Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
ALC, Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
ALC, Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Presence of Christianity in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives
Abandoned church in Tiruvannamalai / Image (C) Leo James / Image courtesy Project 365 PUBLIC archives

Leo James will be documenting the life, lifestyle, architecture, rituals and customs of Christians in Tiruvannamalai over a year period.

(to be continued)

Project 365 is a PUBLIC PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PROJECT initiated by EtP to photo-document the fast changing ancient culture and contemporary lifestyle of the ancient Tamilakam territory. During the first phase, forty photographers will be documenting the multi-cultural aspects of #Tiruvannamalai, South Indian heritage town over a year period (Aug 2014 – July 2015). This Project is led by contemporary Indian photographer Abul Kalam Azad. FOR MORE PROJECT 365 IMAGES, see #etpproject365 In the next five years, EtP will document the Sangam period ports Muziris, Tindis and the cauvery basin culture and lifestyle.”

Disclaimer: Image (C) Leo James / Project 365 PUBLIC archives.

All rights reserved. All the images published in this blog is copyrighted property of the author and belongs to PROJECT 365 PUBLIC ARCHIVES. Profile of Leo by Ami Gupta / EtP. Reprinting / publishing rights reserved by the author and EtP (PROJECT 365 public archives). Prior permission is required for reproduction / re-publishing. For more information about Project 365, contact EtP at {0}4175 237405 / {0}94879 56405 / ekalokam@gmail.com / FACEBOOK – Project 365