Samyukta Lakshmi@samlaks

Documentary photographer based in Bangalore, India.
Team Member @everydayindia

Gangamma and I met again after 3 years on Ashvem beach, Goa. I was on vacation with family. She's from north Karnataka and makes a living selling coconuts in Goa.
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A story I shot for Bloomberg on Mysore's waste management along with writer Bibhu Pradhan. Link in Bio Thank you @bloombergbusiness


Diwali the festival of lights, is the celebration of good over Evil, Light over darkness. People in India celebrate by lighting Diya’s at their homes, lighting crackers/ fire works, getting together, distributing sweets and dressing up.


Vajramusti Kalaga or Thunderbolt fight or Diamond fist fight is an ancient martial art practice in Mysore during the annual Dasara festival. 
The professional athletes who fight this martial fight hail from a small community known as Jetti or Jatti  mainly found in and around Mysore District.

The combatants, clad in a single garment of light orange coloured drawers, extending half way down the thigh, have their right hand furnished with a weapon called Vajramusti ( claw dagger)  fitted to the hand and pointed with four knobs, resembling very sharp knuckles. They use the left hand to block and counter strike the opponent.

The combat is a mixture of wrestling and boxing, if the latter may be so named: the head is the exclusive object permitted to be struck.

The art of Vajra Musti, is native to India and considered to be an Indian martial art. This martial art is associated with a weapon that is utilized by the hand and is used with striking and grappling. “Musti”  literally means “closed hand” or “fist”. The word “vajra” means “thunderbolt”. Many historians claim that this martial art has been passed down through Buddha’s bloodline, where it first originated. If these theories are correct, the Vajra Musti dates back to 1000 BC.
In ancient time tis fight is said to have been from start to finish and it was fatal. Today it is more symbolic and stops once the first strike on the head is made.

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Last month when my grandmother passed away, my family and I visited Kogilur, a place she's from and loved very much. She always spoke about Kogilur with so much fondness. When we visited Kogilur for her cremation and few of her ceremonies, I decided to make images in Kogilur and places she visited frequently while there.
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Portrait of my 7 year old niece Simhastitha at Savanadurga.
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The view from Savanadurga.
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A portrait of Manjappa who cuts wood which is used to flue- cure the Tobacco in Kogilur, India. The tobacco leaves are strung together and then hung from tier-poles in curing barn's "kilns". The flue-cured barns have flues which run from external fed fire boxes, which heat-cures the tobacco without exposing it to smoke, slowly raising the temperature over the course of the curing process. The procedure generally takes about a week.
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Following one of the worst droughts to hit Karnataka, the government set up fodder camps across the state during the summer months. Farmers move in from villages far and near and are provided with sheds, water, fodder and a free meal. After the local veterinary doctor certifies the number of cattle each farmer owns, the farmer is then eligible for 5 kgs of fodder per animal. Farmers depend on cattle for their livelihood. This photo was taken at a fodder camp in Tumkur, Karnataka. #drought #karnataka #tumkur #everydayindia #everydayeverywhere #filmisnotdead #ilford #rolleiflex #mediumformat #120mmfilm #portrait #makeportraits






At Bandipur National Park
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