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Posts tagged “Fort Cochin

A Splash Of Colour

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Suddenly many of our local walls are splashed in colour.
The Cochin Biennale has begun.

Picture taken in Mattancherry, Cochin


Morning Games

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The games start at seven – just as soon as there’s enough light to play.

Picture taken in Fort Cochin


In The Shadow Of Prayer

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Chapel lights and shadows

Picture taken in Fort Cochin


In Passing

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The school run.

Picture of school children in a Fort Cochin auto-rickshaw taken at seven in the morning.


Days Of Haze

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The waterfront

Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Father And Son

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A matter of trust.

 

Picture taken at my local barber in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: It’s Over

After less than three weeks film-sets stand deserted.
It’s a wrap..
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Waiting For The Call

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(A clip worth playing, if only to hear the eccentric pronunciation of Richard Attenborough’s surname!)
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Marigold Moments

Morning sees fresh garlands of marigolds draped on the film-set.

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Night And Day

Darkness falls.
But shooting is now seriously behind schedule.
The film-set cannot sleep.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Back In Business

The injunction has been lifted.
Dileep and his dancing waiters hold red trays aloft, as they mark their steps to music from the wings.
The show is back in town!
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


The Rhythms Of Sunday

Not a Hindu celebration,
but a Christian festival.

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Picture of St Jude’s chapel taken in Pattalam, Fort Cochin


At The Water’s Edge

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Oru Venal Puzhayil:

“Ripples flow out to the green banks.
For many births my heart has been searching for you.
In a heaven which is covered by sun beams,
In a cage which is wrapped with fragrant leaves,
I am being awakened from my meditation because of an enchanted butterfly:
Because of you…”

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Though music, language and customs may vary, romantic sentiments across the continents remain remarkably constant.


Picture taken in Fort Cochin
Music and verse of lyrics taken from a popular Malayalam song
Translation freely adapted without permission, from Lyrics Translate


Putting On A Show: An Actor’s Life For Me

The arrival of film posters.

The movie, Kammath & Kammath, stars two very popular Kerala actors.
Its comedy plot revolves around two Hindu brothers who run a  small “hotel” (restaurant) and face problems from a visiting tax inspector.

As is often the case, fiction is closely interwoven with fact:
Mammooty, the senior star of this movie, has recently admitted to tax irregularities.
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Pictures taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Waiting In The Wings

Ready for their moment in the spotlight…

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


A Celebration Of Light

The victory of light over darkness.
Happy Diwali!

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Pictures taken in the “Brahmin colony” of Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: The Roar Of The Crowd

Crowds follow all that happens on the film-set.

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin
Video features Dileep, one of the Malayalam film stars reputed to feature in this movie


Putting On A Show: Dressed For The Part

Assembling the cast…
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Waiting To Be Shot At Dawn

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Picture taken shortly after sunrise this morning in Fort Cochin.


Putting On A Show: The Curtain Falls?

Further heavy rain is forecast.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: The Cover-Up

A severe storm last night meant that the film-set was left to endure hours of torrential rain.
But this morning a touch of paint is re-applied.
The show, it seems, will go on…
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Plywood Pastiche

Cloisters have suddenly appeared on the film set which sprung up this week.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Mollywood Revisited

It is just seven o’clock in the morning.
But the film crew have been busy since dawn.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Instant Housing Solutions

Houses spring up overnight.
Mollywood” is back in town.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin