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Boita Bandana
'Boita' (boat) 'bandana' (offering prayers). 
This is a traditional ceremony remembering the 'Sadhaba pua' (Sadhaba- traders, pua -men) of Kalinga, now known as Odisha. 'Sadhaba bahu' (bahu- wives), offered prayers to their big decorated vessels for their safe journey and good business overseas. The traders used to sail miles away to the islands of Bali, Sumatra and Java to sell spices, artifacts, textile and ornaments. It was done on 'Kartik Purnima' (new moon in november) as the winds and climate were the most favourable for sailing. 
People have kept the tradition alive by offering prayers to small boats made out of banana trunk or thermocol on river sides, ponds and sea.
Winter morning
Winter love.

From my on-going series ' Doodles'. What goes into making a photograph?! For me, it is the music I listen to and the collective experience of my life time. When it comes to landscapes, I look for things / elements that I used to draw. Making V shaped birds flying back home, tree silhouettes, a sun, a river , few stick figures representing people and animals. The spirit is same, but my canvas has changed. I still make crappy doodles on paper, camera helps me reproduce these visuals in a much better way and make images of doodles I used to draw as a kid.

See the rest of the series here :…

Sunset at Koelnadi

Each time I step into this river, I take in as much as I can, of the feeling of sand and mud in my feet, the gentle flow of the river, the stillness, the calmness, the panoramic view of changing colours of the sky as the sun sets.

I feel blessed living so close to this amazing place. Walking on the riverbed is my favourite evening routine whenever I am in Rourkela :)

I had been to Kashmir in 2010, and I photographed a few kids up in the mountains. Life in the mountains is tough, and none of the kids I met, got an opportunity to goto a school. They were very curious and wanted to know where I came from and why was I taking photographs. This is the 1st photo I clicked… and when I showed her the picture, this was the reaction…  That the probably the 1st time she saw her photograph, all her friends were jumping all around me to get their pictures clicked! I promised myself, that someday I would do something for the education of these wonderful kids in Kashmir. I started researching and came across this school in Breswana. Their Facebook page… I was in touch with the
Director of the school for all these years, but I could never save much to make it back to the mountains. Recently I saw a post for a volunteer opening on their page and immediately got in touch with them. After a skype call I was selected. I will be there from August till October end.

Looking forward to finally doing my bit and share my knowledge with the kids :)


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SireVoltz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I love your work! <3
Preettisen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
awesome work!
I cant help watching you!!!
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student General Artist

Congrats on the DD! :clap:

GueparddeFeu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Welcome in my group :iconarcheology-mythology:! =D
DVanDyk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
your people portraits are really beyond compare, impressive compassion with an open heart, bravo! Excellent work !
khurafati Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much David!! O:) :hug: Feels great when someone drops in a word about the pictures I make. Thank you again for the kind words :D Made my day!
freakyframes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
sanpaiya Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
thanks for all the comments :) beautiful work . .
khurafati Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D you are welcome! And thank you for stopping by my gallery :)
jazzlamb Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hey are you in Kolkata? I am! had to talk to you regarding work. It's kind of important, it would be nice if you could get back to me asap :) email:
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