Life at Hampi

Curiosity might kill a cat but has always been helpful to me. I photographed these people from Hampi, because I was curious. I was curious to know what their life is like, what do they feel or what are they thinking right now at this very moment. I want to feel life and emotions through different faces; and some of them made an imprint in my mind already.

I approached them with a smile and they offered me their warmth and love. As we got to socialize with locals, they were much more eager to know about my small world. My camera was the medium of communication to bridge the gap of language and culture between us and it brought us within a common comfort zone. I didn’t find them camera shy and all of them loved getting photographed. As I passed by their colourful houses, I could hear these words from all directions – “Hello madam! Photo!’ followed by ear to ear smiles of kids. Here are some pictures taken as I socialize with them-

A 'Lambani' lady dressed in a traditional attire, this is called 'High strret fashion'

A ‘Lambani’ lady dressed in a traditional attire, this is called  a ‘High street fashion’

There is art in everywhere : Making mats from Banana leaf

Making mats from Banana leaf, art for the soul of it.

As she says, It is the place where lord Ram met Hanuman

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Kids love to pose for camera here!

A cup of tea with local ladies, they are very chatty indeed!

A cup of tea with local ladies and I realize that they are extremely chatty!!

Modernization has changed the clay pots to unbreakable plastic, but the method is still same.

Modernization has changed the clay pots to unbreakable plastic, but the method is still same.

In the spirit of festival season, women worshiping in a group

In the spirit of festival season, women worshiping for Lord Shiva

Master and his baby Elephant

Master and his baby Elephant

Washing lines

Washing lines

A coracle  boat house?

A coracle boat house?

A pair of  jute sleepers

A pair of jute slippers, an acupressure therapy I suppose..

Grass is always greener on the other side- walking  to reach here everyday for goat's food

The grass is greener on the other side, and they walk miles everyday to reach here for green grass!!

A flute player, he had remarkable sense of humor!!

A flute player, he had some remarkable sense of humor

Men and birds working together for some good crop next year

Men and birds working together for some good crop next year

A rock climber for 20 years

A rock climber for 20 years

The simplicity of their lives and complexity of Hampi’s architecture have managed to make a million numbers of frames in my mind. Farmers ploughing gold in their fields, birds flying to kiss the sky; coracle riding to cross the river or water sprinkled by baby elephant as it got ready for its evening rituals of worship; such an ambience makes Hampi a visual treat. And the ruins of Hampi are a testimony to its prosperity and culture. I wish for another trip to revive those beautiful memories.

You may also read about rock climbing at Hampi

https://datravelography.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/20-years-of-rock-climbing/

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2 thoughts on “Life at Hampi

  1. Hampi is suddenly all over the blogosphere. I just look and read with awe and feel very stupid because I went there on a school trip years ago, and I barely saw anything because I was too busy giggling with my friends about… You know… 14-year-old-girly stuff :/ Pictures are amazing! I’m definitely going back!

    • I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I say hampi is heaven… I was so sad leaving that place… would definitely go for another trip soon..

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