Madiwala Market

5th April:

Madiwala Market Shoot was my first market camera shoot with the active shutterbugs. The meeting point was at Total Mall scheduled at 7am. It was the first time I went with my camera to a sabzi mandi during the morning hours and bought nothing :)

While we went around and clicked, the people were so enthusiatic that they posed before the camera. Many even dragged us to click their pics.--"Oye madam, uska photo keencho", after their photos were clicked "Photo kaami(kaami in Tamil=show)", "Saab, mere gaadi ke saath mera ek photo keencho(Click a photo of mine along with my vehicle)."

ArrangedPaan leaves

CoupleWhat do you want?



Since Ugadi festival was nearing, this was a good time to visit the market area. One side of the market; an open one with sufficient light while in the opposite lane, the vegetable vendors used tarpaulins with little light entering the region.

Akash, Aranya and me tried the panning effect on the busy road with Manas's guidance. After few attempts, I managed to get a decent one with his suggestions.

I loved the panning effect :) In panning effect, the moving object is still and the background is blurred.
Panning -1 | Madiwala Market

Well arranged

Melukote

Melkote Gopuram
29th March:
I was here at Melukote, a month ago. I had heard a lot about Iyengar Puliyogare than the temple at Melkote/Melukote :) Melukote means Fort on the Top; Melu(top) Kote(Fort). Being born in Karnataka, I considered myself unlucky that I haven't visited most of the historic heritages here. Thanks to few of the fellow shutterbugs who planned to visit Melkote on a weekend. This time I went there as a traveller and photographer.
Journey begins: We, a group of 15-18 people, were supposed to meet at 6:00 am in the morning at common place. To be there by 5:30 or 6:00 am, I had to get up at 4:00 am atleast. For over 3-4 days, though I had fever, reached home earlier, prepared coffee and had a small nap. I was relaxed and woke up at 9:45pm for dinner and slept off after an hour. At 2:00am in the morning, I woke up and would stare at the time display of my mobile phone, now and then. I couldn't close my eyes to sleep and got up to check if I had packed the necessary stuffs like water bottle filled, memory card, batterries charged, and most important:wallet with money :)
At 5:40am, one of the shutterbugs picked me up. I'm thankful to him for the lift. We joined others at 5:55am. Few of them had come by car and most of them on their bikes. After saying "hello" and "hi" to a few of them present, we headed towards Mysore Road and then Mandya. Since we had started during early mornings hours, all of us were hungry and few had breakfast at Kamat, Mysore Road and few others at other places. Though Melkote is 150 kms from Bangalore, it tooks us 3 hours to reach the main temple by car. The road to Melkote from Mandya diversion is well-maintained. One could find the fresh greenery and fileds on both sides of the road, dhobis washing clothes, bullock cart... And don't be surprised to see them :)
At 9am, we reached Melkote. The first thing we notice is a Kalyani(Pond) where most people take bath before entering the temple. We entered the pond and captured the Mantap, pillars, the pond etc. Later, along with few others explored the streets and found many old houses. Yes, you may never find such simple spacious houses in this city! I did a lot of street photography and the locals welcomed us.
It was lunch time, we were searching for restaurant. Luckily, we found an Iyengar Chatra who offered us the lunch. We donated a considerable amount to them. Then we headed to Gopalarayas or Rayagopuras- The doorway-four tall pillars and no towers above it, is an incomplete architecture of the Hoysala dynasty. There are twin ponds next to Rayagopuras which are also called as sister ponds or akka-tangi ponds. The place is also famous for Dhanush Koti-Rock is the shape of an arrow. I couldn't visit Dhanush Koti due to time constraint.
Finally, we came back to the main temple. One has to climb around 400-500 stairs made of stone to reach. The main god worshipped is Yoga Narasimha / Chaluvanarayana swamy installed by Acharya Ramanuja. It is said that King Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala dynasty was a follower of Ramanujacharya. I went to the temple at 3pm which was closed and would open only at 5:30pm, I missed Iyengar Puliyogare and seeing the Lord :( Oh, I shouldn't be saying that! I hope I visit this place next time and click better snaps :)
If you are planning to visit Melkote, its worth it!

Yellow

Yellow
I clicked this flower during Lalbagh Flowershow Jan '08. I was happy that it was well taken on the big screen :)

Ugadi song by Bendre

Here goes the famous Ugadi song Da Ra Bendre which every Kannadiga would love to listen.


yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide

honge hUva tongalalli bhrungada sangIta kEli matte kELabarutide
bEvina kahi bALinalli hUvina nasugampu sUsi jIvakaLeya tarutide

varushakondu hosatu janma harushakondu hosatu neleyu akhila jIvajAtake
onde ondu janmadali onde bAlya onde haraya namagadashTE EtakO

niddegomme nitya maraNa edda sala navIna janana namage Eke bAradO
elE sanatkumAradEva elE sAhasi chiranjIva ninage lIle sEradO

yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide nammanashTe maretide

The translation in English is here

Welcome, Sarvadhaari!

Happy Ugadi(New Year) to one and all. Today, we are stepping into another year-Sarvadhaari. We Kannadigas prepare bevu-bella(bevu=margo, bella=jaggery) mixed together. Bevu-bella has a great significance-that life is full of ups and downs. One will should face both happiness and sorrows with courage.

Below: Bevu-Bella in a bowl
Happy Ugadi

According to the Hindus(and the Chinese), it is believed to be auspicious for those who complete 60 years of age since 60 years form a life cycle in the lunar calender.

Related links: Ugadi Celebrations and Happy Ugadi