Project 365 Tiruvannamalai

D'note from the PROJECT 365

Title: Deepam
Photographer: Biju Ibrahim
Medium: Digital
Year: 2014 / 2015
Courtesy: EtP Project 365 public photo archive

EtP PROJECT 365 is a public photo-art project that collectively creates and preserves photographic visual of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified lifestyle of an ancient Tamil town. All images published in this page is a copyrighted property of the author and is part of EtP Project 365 public photo archive. Prior permission is required for commercial and other public use.

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

MUKHAMUKHAM – Tripunithura and Tiruvannamalai

Thrippunithura or Tripunithura is a suburb of the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India and a part of the Kochi metropolitan area. Thrippunithura was the capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin. Project 365 MUKHAMUKHAM event was organised at Kalikotta, Tripunithuraon 26th and 27th December 2014 during Ekharya Performance Festival. Photographer and Project 365 Director Abul Kalam Azad presented his selected works from 1975 – 2014 with the audience on the first day. Abul’s series titled, ‘landmark of my memories’ – showcased the architecture of 70s and 80s Kerala. Senti-mental series, the kaleidoscopic view of life and personal history showed an impossible fusing of photos and graphics. Abul had worked on this series for almost five years (2005 – 2010). One of the recent series ‘Beatles in Rishikesh’, a simple black and white photographs portraying the abandoned Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram where Beatles had visited during the 1960s. The trajectory of Abul’s works was indeed mind blowing. Almost hundred photo enthusiasts enjoyed the works. The second Project 365 photographs were shown to the audience.

Theatre artist and photographer Ramesh Varma introducing photographer Abul Kalam Azad / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Theatre artist and photographer Ramesh Varma introducing photographer Abul Kalam Azad / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Ekharya Performance Director Ashok introducing Project 365 / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Ekharya Performance Festival Director Dr. Abhilash Pillai introducing Project 365 / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Project 365 Manager Tulsi swarna lakshmi introducing EtP and Project 365 / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Project 365 Manager Tulsi swarna lakshmi introducing EtP and Project 365 / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
2nd day Project 365 projection / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
2nd day Project 365 projection / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives

On 4th and 5th January 2015, Mukhamukham Meet project 365 Director Abul Kalam Azad and Photographer Thierry Cardon event was organised at Kalai Illam, Tiruvannamalai. Thierry Cardon, photographer from France has visited Tiruvannamalai as part of Project 365. He decided to share few of his original cyanatype prints with the Project 365 photographers and local audience. Abul showed his early work on the first day and on 5th Jan, he share his ongoing long-term work with the Thirunangai titled ‘War Marriage Widows’. Some of the locally based Thirunangai’s also enjoyed the photographs. Anbalaki, one of the Thirunangai spoke with the audience and narrated the Koovagam festival and associated epical history.

Project Manager Tulsi welcoming hte audience / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Project Manager Tulsi welcoming the audience / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Two photographers Thierry Cardon and Abul Kalam Azad / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Two photographers Thierry Cardon and Abul Kalam Azad / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Photographer Thierry Cardon showing his works / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Photographer Thierry Cardon showing his works / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artist-sculptor Christian Uhlmann at the Kalai Illam / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artist-sculptor Christian Uhllmann at the Kalai Illam / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artists Chrisitian Uhlmann and Gayatri Gamuz / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artists Christian Uhllmann and Gayatri Gamuz / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Photographer Thierry Cardon presenting his works / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Photographer Thierry Cardon presenting his works / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artist-sculptor Chrisitian Uhlmann and Photographer Abul Kalam Azad / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artist-sculptor Christian Uhllmann and Photographer Abul Kalam Azad / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Poet Ananda Surya and Artist - sculptor Christian Uhlmann /Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Poet Ananda Surya and Artist – sculptor Christian Uhllmann /Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artist Wendel Field enjoying 'SEMA' / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Artist Wendel Field enjoying ‘SEMA’ / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Poet Ananda Surya talking on Abul's works / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives
Poet Ananda Surya talking on Abul’s works / Photography (C) Arnav Rastogi / Project 365 public photo archives

<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, Korkai 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. Text by Tulsi Swarna Lakshmi  / 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

Mapping times of David and Solomon

Today, EtP has announced the next phase of Project 365, creating and preserving visuals of the ancient tri-sangam ports Tindis, Muziris and Korkai. PP Sha Nawas, Author and Independent writer had been interviewing Abul Kalam Azad, Director, Project 365 the past week and has written the following article on EtP’s move to map archaeological ancient port sites of South India.

Tamilagam in Sangam times included present day Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Kerala and parts of Andhra Pradesh. The commercial and cultural link of this area with South Arabia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Rome since Iron age is evident from both textual and archaeological sources.

Mortimer wheeler, the British archaeologist, who did excavations in Arikkamedu in 1946, had provided evidence for this history from an archaeological perspective. Later, many other local archaeological attempts have been conducted in the region which has reinforced and rectified Wheeler’s discoveries. Many ancient natural ports along the coastal region of early Tamilakam, provided the abode to  commercial activity. The Egyptian port Bernika was the linking port of this ocean trade activities between India, Sri Lanka, South Arabia, Mesopotamia and Rome. During the reign of Augustis, Rome dominated the commercial activities in this area.

The Roman amphora sherds found abundantly in these ancient port regions give rich evidence to the golden era of South India’s commerce with the Rome via Indian ocean. Sangam literature has many mentions about the Indian ports like Muzris and Tindis from where the pepper and other spices as well as wood and other precious materials were exported to the Roman empire. Actually South Arabia was the pioneer in this commercial activity. The recent excavations by Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR), at Pattanam near Kodungallur, has established the evidence for these facts that have been earlier mentioned in textual and other historical soucres. The Arabian, Mesopotamian, Bhuddhist and Jain connections as part of the trade and commerce in the areas have been established by these excavations ventures. However, often the golden era of Rome is highlighted, may be because of some Orientalist interest in the matter.

EtP’s project of making photographic images from these ancient shores of commerce and culture is a notable expedition which may turn into a phenomenal event helping both archaeology and history of South India. Abul Kalam Azad, Tulasi Swarna Lakshmi and Manini Rahman Pattanam had visited the excavation sites of Pattanam during its seventh season. I was working in the project as a volunteer where the research of locating the ancient port of Muzris was going on. Some of the images Abul captured from the site has been already published in EtP”s postings. Selecting Tindiz and Korkai in the present project by EtP, apart from Muzris, is a welcome step since it will be a harbinger to the coming essential archaeological excavation to be held at Tindis and Korkai. Through this photographic mapping, the team may be identifying our past traditions of Buddhism, Jainism, Arabian, Mesopotamian cultures as well as European link of South India from the time of antiquity.

The archival images of our ancient culture, since 1000 BCA, may be an eye opener to the nationalist projects of India and elsewhere. How different regions of the same nationality contributed to, rather than mere highlighting a particular aspect of national culture and geography. Thus, in Deccan plateau where distinct Iron culture was flourishing even before the integrating project of Arianization. The Mangad excavation in Kerala has already established that the Iron age culture of South India was older than the banks of Ganges culture… To the Ganges, the Iron tools were brought in by the Arian settlers, while in south India, since it has strong ocean trade connectivity, the Iron technology came in an early phase, which reiterates the antiquity of Tamilakam region with regard to its culture and commerce. The EtP 365 project may also be gathering images of our history of the birth and development of Imperial powers since the time of Roman empire. This photographic mapping may lead us back up to the era of David and Solomon. During their time, around 1000 BC (according to historians), the technique of making steel from Iron was discovered. Scriptures say the technique of softening iron is revealed to David, and the knowledge on Mansoon was known to Solomon. (Refer. Holy Quran)

I am very proud to co-operate with Abul Kalam Azad and his team for this project since its inception. Such a photographic mapping done with the awareness of our history and culture, would be valuable in many ways including its political and cultural aspects of our contemporaneity. The concept of EtP, ancient India in contemporary times, is counter posing our past and present in a new perspective. The blend of history and and art is not vogue in our ego driven market world of art and culture. That way also the project marks its significance in the photographic history of South Asia.

PP SHANAVAS, KANNUR, KERALA.