Namaste by Iswarya

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Namaste. "The light within me honours the light within you."

Classical Indian dancer Iswarya Jayakumar takes a bow at the end of her dance.

Gender roles
This was not originally intended but after I posted this image, I see a new challenge theme called Gender Roles and I feel it fits well here - because classical Indian dance is almost always performed by females. There are some male dancers, but very few.

In Hindu culture, the dance is an offering to the Gods. It is not just for entertainment and, given its physical and mental demands, certainly not for relaxation!

In the The dance of Iswarya photo essay.

Also in the story My precious "uptight" lens and the story On Stage Photography.

19 responses

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    captured a beautiful expression, not to mention what wonderful detail we see on the dancer

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    Very Beautiful shot Richard

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    This is lovely photo. Great color and composition. Works for me. dp

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    Gorgeous, Richard. Wonderful composition and clarity. Great entry. Voted.

  • Melissa

    Melissa (Deleted) gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    I really like this!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (13 Jun 2009):


  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (14 Jun 2009):


  • Jennifer Benmouna

    Jennifer Benmouna gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    lovely shot!

  • Jon-Erik Kroon

    Jon-Erik Kroon gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    Hmmmmmm..........its a moment of beautiful......and you documented it, as true artist with document tool!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist said (20 Jun 2009):

    I think the best way to describe your work is: "Pure Elegance through Simplicity and Intimacy."


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    knowing the background and history of this dance I think it is very appropiate posting for the gender role theme.

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (1 Jul 2009):

    I would like to favorite again!! via Spotlight

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist said (1 Jul 2009):

    Richard, I enjoy photography for this very reason: I know nothing of this dance, but you; through your images, make it possible to experience a wonderfully different life perspective. You are one of the few artists on here, with that uncanny capability to do so. It's as though you are emotionally connected to each of your subjects and it is generously shared with us (viewers) to absorb and live through your eyes vicariously. Thank you.

  • Jason Felip

    Jason Felip said (10 Jul 2009):

    Great shot

  • Carl Burkhart

    Carl Burkhart gave props (11 Jul 2009):

    Wonderful! Voted!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (17 Jul 2009):

    back to vote! Beautiful work

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    Oh yea it rocks!

  • uttamkumar pal

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