Ash Covered Face of a Fortune Teller
The Jewelry of Mysore Maharaja
A close up of fine jewelry
The jewelry of Mysore Maharaja
Girl Practicing Rangoli Art
Steps, courtyards, roads, footpaths are used to draw Rangoli in India
The ribs of coconut leaves are used in manufacturing broomsticks.
Man making brooms from petioles
"Sumangali" -- Portrait of a Traditional Indian Woman
A vermilion mark on the forehead is considered to bring good luck.
The festivals in India are celebrated in an eco-friendly way.
Strings of mango leaves indicate festive occasion.
Painted Face of a Devotee
Pictures of the mysterious Yellamma cult
Member of the Mysterious Yellamma Cult
The system of Devadasis is a controversial practice in India
Initiation of a Brahmin Boy
Introduction to the Mudras
Proceedings of a Upanayanam ceremony for a boy
Shanty Town Children Playing Hopping Game on the Street
The game of Kuntahalipi can be played on the streets
Roadside Launderer Basavaraju
Man using a charcoal iron to press clothes
People Gathered for a Religious Ceremony
Group poses at Jambavali, Goa
Man weaves coconut leaves into a carpet
The sheathe thus formed is used for thatched roofing as well
Mother and daughter selling peanuts in Bangalore
Self Immolation depicted in a Stone Sculpture
Atma Bali (Sacrifice of the Soul) -- Sculpture from Andhra Pradesh
A Mother's Love
A stray dog feeds its puppies, Bangalore 2001
A construction worker preparing dinner on the street
Woman baking Bhakkri
Man Gets a Tattoo by Roadside
The Village of Chandanpur, 1976
Coconut Leaves Used for Wall and Roof of a Hut
Man Serves Food On Organic Plates
Notice how the leaves are stiched together to form a plate
A Devotee Begging in the Name of God with a Long Horn
Also notice his left hand playing cymbals
An Important thing the Nation Builders Forgot...
Lack of public toilets is a common problem in India. Shown above: a woman relieves herself
Tattoos of a Tribal Woman
The Kajuraho Folk Festival, 1977
"Ain't afraid of thieves"
A homeless man sleeping on a street, New Delhi
Stray Kids, Stray Puppies
Urchins playing on the streets with dogs
Woman Carrying Heap of Leaves from Forest
The leaves are used to cool the roots of the coconut trees on the Konkan coast
Disabled members of a street-side music band
Temple of Plant
Stone Tulasi in a courtyard of a home
Fashionable Daughter of the Jungle
Notice the tattoos, pierced jewelry, and other decorations of this tribal woman photographed in the forests of Central India, 1977
Banana Plants Welcoming Guests
Plantain leaves indicate an auspicious occasion in Hindu culture
Temple Priest Announcing Prayer Time
Priest rings a metal plate
Woman performs a Pradakdhina to the Tulasi plant
The Henna Art of the Feet of a Bride
A New Bride Worships the Tulasi Plant
Offerings Made to a Pepal Tree
Declaring Religious Allegiance
A Shaiva devotee with sacred ash on forehead
A Cock Fight in Progress
The Painted Hands of a Bride
Horizontal and Vertical Markings
The distinctive head markings (namas) identify the sects of Hinduism. Shaivites paint bands across their foreheads (left). Vaishnavites, adherents of Vishnu, wear three vertical lines (right).
Ragpickers on the Streets of Bangalore
A large number of people in urban India take to rag-picking as a
means of living.
The Fruit that Yields Oil!
For a long time, ball-fruit oil was the primary source of fuel for lighting in some parts of India.
The Pinda Offerings
Gifting of the Brahmins (brahmana puja)
Feeding of the River
As part of the Hindu last rites, a man feeds a river.
Tonsuring of the Head
A son shaves off his hair in mourning the death of his father.
The Feeding of the River
Mourners reading Kamat's old letters
Kamat was a prolific letter writer. Most people who received his letters felt that they were worthy of preservation.
Symbolic Re-burning of the Dead
Funeral Rituals at a Waterfall
The death rites are usually conducted outside the home, usually at the cremation ground or near a waterfall.
The Pinda (Rice Ball) Offerings
Man Weaving a Platform from Bamboo Strips
Preparation of chatta -- a structure to carry the dead
The Ear Piercing Ceremony for a Newborn
Ancient Hindus regarded a pierced ear as a sign of how cultured a family was, and all the babies were pierced in a religious ceremony.
Detail from a North-Indian miniature painting
Artifcat from Mysore Palace, Karnataka
Golden Footewear of a Pontiff
Wedding of Shiva and Parvati
Painting by Rudrakumar Jha
The Naming Ceremony for a Child
Door-to-Door Jeweler Weighing Gold
Tulasi Plant Worship
Journey of the Dead to Heaven
Illustration based on art of pre-historic Indians
Body being readied for funeral pyre, Bombay Burning Ghat
Women worshipping sprouting plants
The Ashoka Tree
Hindus Worship Everything!
The signboard says "Place to Worship Cars"
Hindu Death Anniversary Rites
Rituals of "Shraddha"
Waving of Sacred Fire
Hindu Death Rites
Sacred place of Gokarn, 2006
Yama with a Noose
Divine Assistance in Decision Making
A devotee attaches petals to a sacred pillar. Depending on which petals fall first in interpreted as a devine signal.
Ancient Gold Coins of India
Tulasi Farms, Village of Manikkara, 2006
Man Slicing his Throat with a Dagger
Detail from a hero-stone, Gujarat
Relaxing by Roadside
Bangalore, Year 2000
Leader of Streetside Acrobat Play
Bangalore, year 2001
Worshipping of Ashwatha Tree
Detail from an Indian painting
Gopalakrishna Temple, Honavar
The natural farming philosophy in India takes the approach that the insects have a right to life as well
The Singar Flower of Betel Tree
Flowers of the Supari used for accent