Friday, September 28, 2007

Incredible India: Seema K. K.

As no emerging photographic talent from India is being promoted during the Incredible India @ 60 extravaganza in New York City, "Incredible India on TTP" is a week-long series of posts in a small effort to redress this oversight by showcasing unknown, under represented or emerging Indian photographers, as well as some of my own photographs of this amazing country.

Seema lives in Trivandrum, Kerala in southern India, and is a graphic designer who recently took up photography with the aim of specializing in the field of cultural and documentary photography. Her keen eye and color sense is amply demonstrated by her exuberant photograph of a Theyyam dancer.

Theyyam is a popular ritual dance of north Kerala, south India, particularly presented in the Kannur and Kasargode districts. It originates from centuries old traditions, rituals and customs, and as such embraces almost all castes and classes of Hindu religion in this region. The term Theyyam is a corrupt form of daivam or God. It is a rare combination of dance and music and reflects important features of a tribal culture.

Seema's other photographs can be seen here

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