Photographers Ramesh Ramakrishnan Iyer and Richard Seah have launched a coffee table book that captures the various moods of Thaipusam
2/2/2016 2:40:18 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Thaipusam, the festival that commemorates the day when Paravati gave her son Murgan a Vel or spear to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman, was celebrated recently. While this is a very important day in Tamil Nadu’s festival calendar, it is also celebrated with much enthusiasm in Singapore and Malaysia.
No wonder, this caught the interest of two Singapore-based photographers – Ramesh Ramakrishnan Iyer and Richard Seah - who have created a created a coffee table book that promises to dazzle.
Thaipusam: Images and Reflections – An Exploration Of Faith, Sacrifice and Surrender presents a unique collection of photographs, poems and narratives, with a foreword by V. S. Krishnan, an Indian scholar on Lord Muruga. It also includes two personal sharings by Hindus who have taken part in the Thaipusam procession, which involves walking for hours carrying an offering from one temple to another.
“One unique feature of our book is that we feature many different aspects of Thaipusam apart from
the body piercings, which most photographers focus on,” says Seah. “We feature the preparations, prayer, family support, musicians, photographers and even the ornaments worn by participants and their supporters. We also look at non-Hindus, such as Chinese, who take part.