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Salangai Oli | by Dilip Muralidaran
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Salangai Oli

One of the things i was very drawn to in this Bharathnatyam Show that i went to was the sound of the Salangai, the traditional bell lined anklet type of a collar that is worn during a dance performance in most south Indian classical dance forms.


The "Jal" sound it makes when you walk wearing it is very attractive.


From an artistic point of view it adds rhythm to the whole feet movement and goes fantastically well with the music for the dance.


I decided to get a shot of the Salangai and made one decent picture with great difficulty. The fast leg movements and the inability to use the flash makes this a difficult subject for flashless photography. Nevertheless i did manage to get one right :)


Canon EOS 400D with the Sigma EF 24 - 70 MM F/2.8. Aperture Priority, F/4 at 1/50th of a Second, ISO400.

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Taken on January 13, 2008