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"The heavenly colours of the sky at dusk would merge into the brilliant pinks of the dupattas and the blues of the walls, before finally settling on the earth around me."

- photographer Jyothy Karat

"The heavenly colours of the sky at dusk would merge into the brilliant pinks of the dupattas and the blues of the walls, before finally settling on the earth around me."

- photographer Jyothy Karat

SHOWCASE

  • A MIX OF OLD AND NEW

    The region is peppered with forts and historic ruins each with a story to tell. Although the Lake Nahargarh Palace Hotel looks like a historic fort, it is a fairly new establishment standing along with its ancient counterparts.

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      Icy Peak
  • ALL IN A DAY'S WORK

    Mohan and Nougi, shepherds from Nahargarh work very long hours. They leave their homes along with their cattle at the crack of dawn while the rest of the village is still asleep. They return home only at sunset.

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      Royal Satin
  • THE THREE DOOR ABODE

    Inside the Chittorgarh Fort, are mysteries and stories that very few know about. Seen here is the abode of Meera Bai who believed that Lord Krishna was her only and true love . If folklore are to be believed, it was here, that poison turned into nectar and the cobra sent to kill her turned into a beautiful garland.

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      Antique Brass
  • THE CALL OF VICTORY!

    This must be an intricately designed work of architecture for the tourists but for the locals, it is quite a debatable one. The Vijay Stambh as seen here is believed to have been made by Maharaja Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the collective armies of Malwa and Gujarat, while some contend that it was traditional to built a tower in front of a temple. What do you think it stands for?

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      Voltage
  • AS PROUD AS A LION

    Bablu caught photographer Jyothy’s eye with his unique sense of dressing in Chittorgarh. When asked if it was the western influence that took over him, he promptly replied, “This is Rajputana style”. We say we couldn’t agree more with him!

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      Earthen Wave
  • A STREET SURPRISE

    Chittorgarh has many surprises. Take a walk into its markets and time will fly by as you watch the ladies weave their baskets being friendly, funny, coy - all at once!

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      Passion Fruit
  • CHORES AT HAND

    It seems habitual for the women of Chittor, to be charming even while going about their domestic chores. It is a part of Phooli’s weekly schedule to clean large quantities of wheat grains after which she heads to the flour mill to get it freshly grounded for her entire family.

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      Perennial Glade
  • RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS

    A local Chittor market will always have stacks of various forms of red chillies like fresh, dried and powdered. An essential in staple Rajasthani cuisine, it adds to its fragrance, flavour and colour.

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      Salsa
  • THE STRANGE LITTLE HOUSE

    Ever imagined a little house painted in muted shades of blue and yellow brightening up an entire lane? This cozy house spotted was spotted by Jyothy in Baheti Galli of Chittor. Just like this one, the other houses are painted in bright colours making this street a melting pot of colours.

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      Mustard Field
  • ETHNIC, RUSTIC, BEAUTIFUL

    Women in Chittor are dressed in bright colours but when it comes to jewellery, they stick to basics to complement it. A pair of silver or oxidised toe-rings, anklets, jhumkis and bangles are a must to be adorned by married women here.

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      Mango Mood
  • MULTIPURPOSE BLANKETS!

    Photographer Jyothy’s curiosity peakedand she happened to ask her driver why people in Chittorgarh mostly prefered blankets instead of getting themselves a jacket. Hereplied “Madam, this jacket multi-purpose, at day it is jacket, when night itis blanket.” Isn’t that a lovely thought?

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      Purple Chiffon
  • READY? SAY CHEESE!

    The village of Dekdikeda, Chittorgarh is a little moremodern than the other villages around! In addition to the gorgeous, stone andmud walls, one can see a couple of concrete structures here and there. What’s striking about the people here is thatthey are very open to new culture and are always ready to smile for the camera!

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      Sunderbans
  • “CHALO AB PHOTO JERICHO”

    Photographer Jyothy was busy thinking of a frame with her camera ready toclick! This old man had a photographer’s eye of his own, and called two littlegirls to stand with him instructing them to pose for the picture. He turned to Jyothy and said “Chalo ab photo jericho!” Isn’t the splashof colour refreshing?

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      Very Fuschia

    PALLETTE

    Chittorgarh
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      Twilight Zone
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      Greystone
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      Mecca Gold
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      Rosy Coral
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      Light Buff

    PROFILE

    JYOTHY KARAT
    Photographer

    A frequent freelancer with popular magazines like Lonely Planet and newspapers like Indian Express,Jyothy Karat is a Visual Journalist and Multimedia Producer. She started pursuing her photography dream in 2006 with the Light and Life Academy,post which she worked with AOL Time Warner.In 2009,she was one of the top 29 emerging photographers from Asia at Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap,Cambodia and is a recipient of of a grant from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Her work has taken her to countries like Spain,Austria,Ireland,France,Switzerland and Bhutan to name few

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