1. Mattencherry, part of Kochi, was once a bustling centre of trade, particularly in spices. Invasions from the Arabian Peninsula and beyond (such as Portugal) were frequent and the invaders left their marks on the culture, art and social history of the area.

    It is now but a shadow of its historical vibrancy, however godowns of ginger, basmati rice and other spices can still found on its main street. It is there that traders and porters work from the same small stores occupied by their forefathers.

    Photographed with a Leica M9, while the audio was recorded with a Tascam DR-40.

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  2. The Oracles of Kodungallur celebrate their festival in the Bhagawati temple, which usually occurs between the months of March and April. It involves sacrifice of cocks and shedding of the Oracles own blood, to appease the goddess Kali and her demons who are said to relish blood offerings.

    The festival is overseen by the aging King of Kodungallur where a horde of Oracles or Vellichapads in local Malayalam stampede around the temple waving their curved swords while chanting abuse at the goddess.

    Photographed using Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D, with 28-70mm f2.8 and 17-40mm f4 lenses. Audio recorded with a Tascam DR40. This was part of the photography workshop I organized and led (The Oracles of Kerala).

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  3. A combination of stills and a movie clip made at an ancient Vedic 'gurukul' (or training/boarding school very similar to the Buddhist monasteries for novitiates, or a Muslim madrasa) in Thrissur.

    The Vedas are the earliest literary record of the Indo-Aryan civilization, and the most sacred books of India. These are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings. The oral tradition of the Vedas consists of several rhythmic recitations and ways of chanting the Vedic mantras. The traditions of Vedic chant are often considered the oldest unbroken oral tradition in existence.

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  4. Fishing is one of the main sources of income in Kerala, and the fishing communities can be found along its beaches and backwaters. This short audio slideshow features the arrival of the fishing boats on Punnapra beach and the auction activity which follows.

    It was made during The Travel Photographer's The Oracles of Kerala Photo Expedition-Workshop in March 2012.

    All photographs made with a Canon 5D Mark II, 17-40mm f4 and 28-70 f2.8.

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  5. Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It's the most important religious and social event in Kolkata. It involves a series of rituals which start from the production of effigies, building of the pandals, offerings of flower and worship, and then finally immersion of the effigies in the Ganges.

    This audio slideshow was produced during my photography/multimedia workshop The Cult of Durga which took place in Kolkata from September 29 to October 13, 2011.

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