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Bangalore Runs for a Cause. Wanna be a part of it?

This was the subject line of the mail i got this morning from a good friend of mine. It was a pleasant surprise that this lady is running for cause and especially to empower one of the small villages in Karnataka, which is just 3 hrs away from the Hi-Tech City Bangalore. Hearing from her, this village doesn’t have a proper school, doesn’t even have primary health facilities, doesn’t have proper roads, drinking water facilities, etc. Though initially i thought, i will RUN 4 FUN, now looking at seriously helping her for the Cause.

If you wish to support, reach out to her. You can check the copy of the mail for more details.
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Dear Friends,
As many of you may already know, I’m running in the Sunfeast World 10km Marathon to be held on 31st May 2009!!!

The purpose of me running in this marathon is to raise funds for a project by the Sambhava Foundation, which entails working towards the development of the village “Kupa Chari Ropa” near Madhugiri. Having been to “Kupa Chari Ropa” with Dr. Meena Jain the founder of the Sambhav Foundation, I strongly want to support this cause and see Sambhav make this goal become a reality.

So please help me support this cause, because I know that together we can make this happen! Let’s work towards the dream of the development of this village. Your pledge, not the amount, is important to me. So feel free to donate whatever amount you are comfortable with.

Below are the various options that you can use to get across your pledge to us. Please note that all donations are exempted under IT Section 80G.

1. Here’s the link to my page: Shwetha You can register online and pledge your support.

2. Cheque/DD in the name of “Sambhav Foundation” mailed to:
#1366 Basement, 4th Cross, 1st stage,
2nd phase, Chandra Layout,
Bangalore – 560 040

3. You can also contact me and hand over the money.

Thanks,
Shwetha / shwethasom@yahoo.com

PS: For more information about the cause please visit Sambhava KCR and can also visit Sambhava Foundation.
If you require additional information about Sambhav Foundation you can contact me and I will be very happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Thanks,
peevee / 99455 16333.

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I must tell you.. this place Manapad (மணபாடு in Tamil) looked heaven when we were on our trip.

The sky, the clouds and the sea all looked blue and blue everywhere. It was around 4.30pm, when we reached the village, the waves gave us a warm welcome. The men and women were sweet and soft, even when they speak to strangers like us. We started shooting the water and moving boats, then walked up the cliff to check The Holy Cross Church. It was already 6.15 and we had no time to capture the beautiful moments of the zone.

We shot some sunset scenes and the day was gone and it was pitch dark. So we decided to come back the next day evening again, and walked back to Kulasai. Next day was even beautiful. I carried my Manfrotto (damn useful!) and tried capturing the missed ones the previous night. I was very cautious and planned my time to capture the bright evening moments of Sun. Yes.. Its all here for you.. to see… A must visit location.
beautiful mother nature

three is a crowd

extended shadows

crosses

light house

There is so much available with Manapad to offer us…
1. The soft shallow backwaters, which is a km away from the sea.
2. The Holy Cross Church and a cave, which is 500 years old.
3. A light house on the cliff, under the control of Government of India.

Note about Manapad from Wiki:
Manapad is a predominantly Roman Catholic coastal village in India, 70 km from Tirunelveli and 18 km south of Tiruchendur, and one of the first places to be visited by St. Francis Xavier in 1542 when he initiated missionary activity on the Fishery coast.

Francis Xavier is said to have lived and prayed in a cavern on the seaward face of a cliff. There si still something called as St.Xavier Cave. Holy Cross Church close to the sea was built in the year 1581. This church has what is believed to be a fragment of the True Cross of Jerusalem. Thousands congregate during the festival season from 1st to 14th September every year when the cross is publicly displayed. Since there are other small temples, here this place is called as “Chinna Jerusalem” (Small Jerusalem).

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I was out on a short trip to Kulasekaranpattinam a small village with less than 10000 population. I was waiting for this trip for an year now, thanks to photojournalist friend Selvaprakash, who motivated with his awesome set of frames from last year Dasara.

The train journey from Bangalore to Kulasai was tiresome, as the train delayed by 4 hrs, cos of some goods train derailed that night. But, when i reached this village, you guys should believe me, the energy levels are very very high during the festivity. We all really enjoyed the days and nights of shooting across kulasai, manapadu and Tuticorin.

Few frames from the trip…
UdayaRaj… a lil demon..
young demon

Kaali in the making..
kali in the making

Men.. Women.. and others…
on the move

More frames at.. Kulasekaranpattinam

Few BEST things to list here.
1. Making of Kaali and of course the energy levels of Kaali.
2. Shooting of Udayaraj, when he was in Demon get up.. and searched him the next day to shoot with out the costume.
3. Amma, Appa and Food at Adhi’s home.
4. Manapadu Village, Fishermen and the Church.
5. Salt harvesting and the stories behind at Tuticorin.

I really enjoyed the trip and thanks to the TEAM, with special thanks to Adhi.

NOTE:
Kulasekaranpattinam a coastal village in Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin) district, famous for its 300-year old Muthariamman Koil located on the seashore. During Dusserah more than one million people assemble in the area and fine music resonates with the rhythmic beat of drums.

Folk artistes from all over the State converge here to participate in the 10-day festival. The beach looks like a fair ground and the performances reminds one of the natyotsavs in large temple.Tuticorin, Nellai and Kumari district bustle with preparation for Folk Carnival activities this year.

There is no Royal patronage and the entire festivity veers round the presiding deity Sri Muthariamman of Kulasekaranpattinam. Following an age-old tradition, devotees vow to go from house to house to beg for alms, disguised in various celestial forms such as Kali, Siva, Vishnu and Narada, Animal Forms Such as Tiger, Monkey, Bear, Lion etc. Some devotees transform themselves into mundane figures such as policemen, King, Queen, Justice, narikuravars and beggars during the festival, and roam with begging bowls, to propitiate the Goddess.

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