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Varkala

"It was difficult not being seduced by the sea. But to let it dominate was to cheat the local palette off the rustic flavours of bucolic Kerala; where the emerald greens and turquoise blues provide a perfect backdrop to shades of yellow, red, umber, and ecru."

- photographer Chhandak Pradhan

"It was difficult not being seduced by the sea. But to let it dominate was to cheat the local palette off the rustic flavours of bucolic Kerala; where the emerald greens and turquoise blues provide a perfect backdrop to shades of yellow, red, umber, and ecru."

- photographer Chhandak Pradhan

SHOWCASE

  • BRINGING DAWN IN

    This is the sight at dawn along a seashore in Varkala. Everyday, fishermen wait for the right time to enter the sea and fish their daily bread and butter, quite literally.

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      Deep Water
  • AS THE SUN SETS

    This is what the day end looks like for the fishermen. It is the start of the day for the most of us. The boats rest and so do they, waiting for another fruitful day to come their way.

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      Salmon Green
  • TO BE OR NOT TO BE

    Anticipation peaks at the Chilakkoor market to know how much a night’s worth of toiling at the rough sea waters would bring in at the daily auction!

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      Green lantern
  • CALM BEFORE THE STORM

    Daily morning auctions are a noisy affair, and crowds gather around the arriving fishermen. Cats and birds hover around hoping for some appetizing leftovers. The market is abuzz with activity when the fishermen arrive.

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      Sporty Yellow
  • ALL IN THE COLOUR?

    Walk across the beaches of Varkala during the day and you will see colourful nets spread across for repair or drying! Many fishermen will be spotted slowly weaving nets or stitching the torn ends!

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      Rodeo
  • ALL IN THE NET

    The quintessential tool of the trade- the net has to be in perfect condition before they head out to the storming sea once again. The days may seem slow, but there is no time to rest for the charming fisherfolk of Varkala.

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      Signal Red
  • NEVER REALLY ALONE

    A solitary coconut tree overlooks the serene blue evening hues of Kappil Beach, Varkala. Coconuts are an important part of the Varkala economy too, and a significant part of the culture. Did you know that Kerala, of which Varkala is a part of, literally means ‘The land of the Coconut Trees’?

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      Green Ebony
  • SOLITUDE

    Stray away from the commercial beaches andyou will discover the true essence of Varkala. While the beaches are clad in golden beige and blue,the village is dressed in blankets of green. Every now and then, you’ll see ahome painted in a bright colour or two.

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      Azure Sky
  • MIDDLE DISTANCE

    Simplicity dwells in Varkala. The folks earn their bread and butter either byfishing or selling coconuts from small plantations. They like to spend theirfree time with their families – an important value that they cherish.

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    PALLETTE

    Varkala
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      Shade Leaf
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      Dream Scapes
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      Deep Spice
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      Sea Surf
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      Valley Mist

    PROFILE

    CHANDAK PRADHAN
    Photographer

    From starting off as a cub reporter to being a faculty at Fashion Communication program of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata, Chhandak Pradhan has come a long way. He is a freelance journalist, editorial photographer and multimedia producer based out of Calcutta. He specialises in conceptualising content for editorial projects, still and motion picture shoots, multimedia journalism along with writing features and interviews. He has worked with British Council, Deutsche Bank, Stop TB (Italy), Save The Children (UK), Marie Claire, BBC Good Food, Open Magazine, The Times of India, etc.

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