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Onam in Kerala, Green Faces in Thought | by Anoop Negi
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Onam in Kerala, Green Faces in Thought

My cultural knowledge fails me with this particular photograph. Are the dancers depicting a part of the traditional Kerala dance form or is it something else. The Mallus brethren or sistern ;-) please come to the rescue and tell us what is it that is going on here.


The deep thoughtful visage is something that totally defines the Malayalee. Serious, poignant and always thinking of something heavy is what is my 3 years of experience with the Malayalee people.



Onam in Kerala is the most important festival. This a season of happiness. It would me much like what Diwali is like for the people of North India.

People buy their new clothes, new gadgets, new everything around Onam time.


In short, it is celebration time like no other. There are celebratory feasts called Onam Sadya which are served everywhere. House courtyards are decorated with traditional flower arrangements of geometric symbolism called 'Pookalam' is laid in front of every house to welcome the arrival of the beloved king.


There is a surfeit of agrarian festivities comprising of boat races and bull races and carnivals that are held all over Kerala.


The origins of this great festival of Kerala are steeped in history and centres around a powerful king who became too powerful and loved by his subjects. The jealous Gods of the Hindu pantheon saw to an end to this popularity by a cunning design and confined the king into the bowels of the earth. After some relenting, the Gods allowed the King to visit his subjects once a year and it is that which is celebrated in Onam.


Athachamayam is a carnival of sorts that is held in Thripunithra a small town about 10-12 kms away from Cochin.



Camera: Nikon D70

Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)

Aperture: f/4.5

Focal Length: 70 mm

ISO Speed: 200

Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Flash: Off, Did not fire

DSC_0804 via ACR from jpeg 2 exp sel cu gr br le TFM VER 2


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Taken on August 17, 2007