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Look the other way

An important rule in photography is to break the rules!

And when a photographer is lost into composing a scene before him, there might  be something more interesting happening in the other direction…

This was my experience when Sunday evening saw my wife and me out on a leisurely drive. We landed at the quietest and most scenic place closest to home, the church on the mount. And while I was composing this picture, there was a sudden exclamation from her.

“Look the other way,” she said.  And behind me on a tiny branch, framed within the most breathtaking view of the river Mandovi was a very magnificent bird. I felt like kicking myself, because this was one day I had deliberately not taken the Sony H50 and was stuck with my cell phone camera… however I quite liked the output.

If you zoom in closer into the picture, you will just see the yellow bird right in the centre… 😉

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Monte & Music ~ Take 2

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Brochure

The second year that I made it for the Monte Music festival (here is the earlier post). This time I could only make it for the second day. Two reasons why I eagerly await this festival. First and foremost, the Monte festival is a great photo op and secondly words fall short to describe its magnificence.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 PANORAMA

The Monte Music Festival 2011 organised by Fundacao Oriente and Cidade de Goa was held from February 4 to 6 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old Goa. This was the 9th edition of this festival which began in 2002 after the restoration of the Chapel, which was in ruins, was undertaken by Fundacao Oriente.

With a greater emphasis on Indian music and dance this year, I got to experience the Bharatnatyam-Odissi dance performance titled ‘Temple Bells’, by couple Raul and Mitali D’souza from Mumbai. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple BellsMonte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (7)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (3)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (6)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (5)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (2)You cannot deny that watching a dance performance silhouetted against such a gorgeous sunset and capturing it in a perfectly framed shot is a dream come true!  😉

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (4)

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells DIPTYCH

This was followed by an Indian-Western violin recital by Hans Versmeersch from Belgium.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Hans Versmeersch (1)

Not did the notes of the violin tug the heartstrings of all those present, but Mr Hans Versmeersch was an excellent entertainer too.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Hans Versmeersch

He took us through the nuances and interpretations of the various pieces that helped identify and be part of that time and age in which they were composed… His musical stream built up in tempo and emotion, from melodies of the time of the East India Company, to soulful compositions of Rabindranath Tagore, flowing through Kashmiri and Hindu love songs and culminating in a blend of Carnatic music and Bach.

A short interval followed, where I pointed the camera to the famous “tree” on the Monte that does not escape any photographer 😉

Monte Festival Goa 2011 TREE

Monte Festival Goa 2011 (7)

Nobody challenges the fact anymore, that the natural acoustics of the Monte chapel projects the sound naturally and needs no amplification.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Paranjoti Ensemble

To conclude the second day as predicted by Ms Yvonne Rebello (of Fundacao Oriente), this year the most commendable feature was in fact the performance of the 32-member Paranjoti Academy Chorus from Mumbai conducted by Coomi Wadia .

By a rare chance of fate, I experimented with my camera to try a panorama shot.. and succeeded!

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Paranjoti Ensemble PANORAMA

Over the years, the Monte Music Festival has become a much awaited event for music lovers… and I just can’t wait for take 3 😉

Monte & Music

The Chapel on the Mount, came alive this weekend with its annual 3-day music festival. The first day that I attended attempted to harmonize Indian classical and Western classical forms of music.

Monte Music Festival 2010

I see the Monte as offering a double-treat. There’s music for those who love melodies, and the backdrop for the sunset performances at the venue makes it a treat for photographers!

Sunset backdrop

Day 1: Guitar-Sitar fusion

Performances are staged in the chapel and in the courtyard. The first day displayed a fusion between the guitar (Manuel Leao) and sitar (Ustad Chhote Rahimat Khan)

Manuel Leao

That’s Manuel Leao, who humorously said, even if the audience didn’t have a good time, the mosquitoes sure did!

Monte Chapel Panorama

This was followed by a mesmerizing violin and piano recital by Pheroze Mistri and Delia Varga inside the chapel.

Light effects

The leaves would not have been as green without the clever light effects 😉

And here is the brochure for those who might want to read more

Noise or Nature?

When you have friends down from Mumbai for the weekend, the first question is where do you head to? I like to pose this question to them each time: Noise or Nature? (and hope the answer will be the latter)! Once again the vote was for nature, and we headed to the Monte at Old Goa. There I captured this breathtaking sunset.

The Monte – Chapel on the Hill

When you run out of ideas for a weekend trip… there is nothing like a quiet evening.

It was time for a fresh perspective and I headed for the 16th century chapel on the mount at Old Goa.
The chapel is picturesquely located atop a tiny hillock.
With it numerous arches and buttresses there is no end to the creative photography.
The chapel commands a breathtaking view. The surrounding hills, the tributaries of the Mandovi river snaking their way around the islands of Divar and Chorao.
This place is also home to a number of birds and rare wild flowers.
Was lucky to get this picture of this kite/eagle taking twigs to its future home.
A panoramic view of Old Goa, with its major historical sites of the St. Augustine tower, the Se Cathedral and St Cajetan church (Left to right)
There is one word to describe this place… Fresh!

When you run out of ideas for a weekend trip… there is nothing like a quiet evening.

It was time for a fresh perspective and I headed for the 16th century chapel on the mount at Old Goa.

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

The chapel is picturesquely located atop a tiny hillock.

Green arches

Green arches

There's more

There's more

With it numerous arches and buttresses there is no end to the creative photography.

Inside out

Inside out

Snakes and ladders

Snakes and ladders

The chapel commands a breathtaking view. The surrounding hills, the tributaries of the Mandovi river snaking their way around the islands of Divar and Chorao.

Work in progress

Work in progress

This place is also home to a number of birds and rare wild flowers.

Home is where the twigs go

Home is where the twigs go

Was lucky to get this picture of this kite/eagle taking twigs to its future home.

Holy pan

Holy Pan

[Click the panorama for a larger view]

A panoramic view of Old Goa, with its major historical sites of the St. Augustine tower, the Se Cathedral and St Cajetan church (Left to right)

There is one word to describe this place… Fresh!

[Further details here ]