Abhijit Ranade

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Navarasas of Kathakali

Published March 2nd, 2013

Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country's present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.

Kathakali is considered to be the combination of five elements of fine art:

Expressions (Natyam, the component with emphasis on facial expressions)

Dance (Nritham, the component of dance with emphasis on rhythm and movement of hands, legs and body)

Enactment (Nrithyam, the element of drama with emphasis on "mudras", which are hand gestures)

Song/vocal accompaniment (Geetha)

Instrument accompaniment (Vadyam)

The main facial expressions of a Kathakali artist are the 'navarasams' (Navarasas in anglicised form) (litera ...

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The Festival of Bokeh

Published November 14th, 2012

'Diwali' is called as festival of lights.People decorate their houses with traditional 'diyas' or lamps and light series. Wherever there is light there is bokeh. This festival gives ample opportunity to capture and experiment with various types of Bokeh techniques.

I have used Nikon D7000 and 50mm f/1.8 lens to capture all these light effects.Diwali is truly a 'Festival of Bokeh'.

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On Assignment : Connections

Published February 23rd, 2012

This is an attempt to connect two of my passions together : Photography and Books. It is like a game of finding order in the chaos. The titles of the books by different authors can be connected together in some way.I tried to find out some order in the chaos of books I own.

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