Mandra – A Novel-Musical Extravaganza

The book and music lovers had a thrilling experience on Sunday the 18th as they witnessed a rare experiment of exploring a novel through its music. It was an extraordinary event where the Saraswathi Samman award winning Kannada novel Mandra by litterateur S L Bhyrappa was described in the form of music. Mandra (2002), which … Read moreMandra – A Novel-Musical Extravaganza

Spellbound – Part 2

Here I present the second part of the Odissi dance Spellbound performed by Sutra Dance Theatre, Malaysia at Alva’s Virasat 2012. Spellbound, consisted of five Odissi compositions originally choreographed by Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, rearranged into group compositions by Ramli. The five items were Mangalacharan – Saraswati Vandana, Mukhari Pallavi, Ashta Shambhu, Oriya abhinaya – … Read moreSpellbound – Part 2

Spellbound – Part 1


I had a great opportunity to witness and document Odissi dance Spellbound performed by Sutra Dance Theatre, Malaysia at Alva’s Virasat 2012. Alva’s Virasat is a national level cultural program held every year at Shobhavana, Mijar. Last year Ramli Ibrahim and his Sutra Dance Theatre group had performed at Alva’s Virasat 2011 with Vision of … Read moreSpellbound – Part 1


During my last trip around Mysore I wanted to explore Chennakeshava temple of Somanathapura. I was traveling light with just Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM Lens on Canon EOS 7D. being 1.6x crop camera it was not really giving me the ultra wide view but a normal zoom view of 25-56 mm at f/2.8. … Read moreSomanathapura

Ship Wreck HDR

Ship Wreck HDR

There is a wrecked ship lying in The Gurpur River near Tannir Bavi, Mangalore. Locals claim it was wrecked during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. It provided me a very nice opportunity to test the new version of Photomatix Pro 4 software. Even though Adobe Photoshop has now built in HDR function, Photomatix … Read moreShip Wreck HDR

Mantapa 1000

After last two appetizers of Mohiniyattam & Kathakali let us come to the main course. Here are the photos of 1000th one-act show of Mantapa Prabhakara Upadhya for which the celebration was held on 2nd April at Alva’s. It was a grand day of celebration with an array of cultural extravaganza brimming with skills, mastery … Read moreMantapa 1000