SPANDAN 2015 gets underway at India Habitat Centre inspiring scores ! first cut here…

The annual festival of infinity, SPANDAN, inspiring and igniting the urge to realize the infinite potential within gets underway at India Habitat Centre… I am giving the first cut here.. will soon write a full story.

The Spandan story in TOI today
Spandan 2015 in TOI

On youtube short clip before inaugural

Longer Clip shot at night on the first full day of the show

Come, visit the exhibition in all its grandeur and leave your footprint and feedback too.

Love and wishes



SPANDAN’s second edition from April 25th-May 5th – Sreeni humbly invites each one of you…


Dear Gurus and Friends,

It gives me immense pleasure to invite each one of you to SPANDAN 2014, celebrating the SPirit of DANce, paying our humble tributes to the SPAN of world DANce!

Starting on 25th of April 2014, the dance photography exhibition in the open spaces of IHC will go on for ten days and culminates with the Festival evening that celebrates the SPIRIT OF WORLD DANCE on May 5th, with a bouquet of performances SPANNING THE WORLD DANCE FORMS.


SPANDAN 2014 – World Dance photography Exhibition : April 25-May 05, 2014

We are immensely privileged to have the participation of the following brilliant photographers who are contributing immensely to the cause of WORLD DANCE FORMS. I humbly thank each one of them… (if any names missed, I apologize. Kindly draw my attention. Thanks)

– Abhijith Madhukar
– Avinash Pasricha
– Edina
– Giridhar Chandrasekhar
– Hareesh Melayil
– Hareesh Namboothri
– Inni Singh
– Jerome Calyster
– Jeyakumar Sathyamoorthy
– Karthik Siva
– Keerthi Amit
– KP Sreehari
– Mamta Diman
– Mohit Abrol
– Navneet Kaur Ahuja
– Prasad Siddhanthi
– Rajyasree Ghosh Tinni
– Ramesh Lalvani
– Rijil KS
– Ruben Lozano Garcia
– R. Sreenivasan
– Rumeli Datta Mazumdar Dawn
– Sanjay Yadav
– Shankar Bhattacharyya
– Suchit Nanda
– Sugeeth Krishna
– Sunny Lamba
– Vinu Nair
– Vj Renju

SPANDAN 2014 – World Dance Evening : May 05, 2014. 7:00pm

We are delighted to have the following INSPIRING ARTISTS and TALENTS, enriching the WORLD DANCE Constellation with their MESMERIZING PERFORMANCES

– Kathak : Astha Dixit, the performance dedicated to Sufism
– Sattriya: Anwesa Mahanta
– Bharatanatyam: Emerging Dancers, Natya Vriksha; Disciples of Guru Geeta Chandran

awaiting their final world –

– Chhau : a spirited performance encompassing the three forms of Chhau
– WORLD Dance : Latino/Spanish forms
– World FOLK Dance : European
– WORLD Dance : a confluence of Middle-eastern, Latin and American free dance forms

LAST Year over 7000 visitors graced the exhibition and the dance evening ran a packed overflowing house at STEIN Auditoium, IHC.

Kindly check the YOUTUBE link for SPANDAN 2013 edition –

Kindly check the FLICKR collection for all dimensions of the festival –

LOOKING FORWARD to seeing you all at the exhibition and the dance evening.


——————–For the benefit all those participating or keen, I have the left the ‘invitation note”, here under ——



In the last edition of 2013 of SPANDAN, I initiated with my own photographs for want of time; In this years edition I wish to have the best from around the world, through what people call CLOUND SOURCING !
Last year we had 16 panels, each devoted to a dance form –

– Eight Classical forms as noted by SNA –
– Bharatanatyam,
– Kathak,
– Odissi,
– Kathakali,
– Mohiniyattam,
– Kuchipudi,
– Manipuri,
– Sattriya
– A panel on Martial art/FOLK dance forms of immense energy : Chhau, Bhangra, Garba,…
– A contemporary Dance Panel- A Panel of captures in the open spaces
– JOURNEY OF Infinity – portraying the immense years of dedicated effort in excelling in the world space

– FAR eastern panel with Korean, Japan and Chinese forms
– BALLET from Russian and European geography
– FREE Dance from around the World and India
– LATIN / SPANISH Dance forms

I humbly invite all DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS to submit their TWO best photographs from their captures. Let it span the dance forms from around the world.


SPANDAN may travel to Chennai in JUNE for SPICMACAY International convention at IIT CHENNAI, and possibly to LONDON for festival of Indian DANCE and MUSIC in JULY.


a. UPLOAD your best two in the group DANCE PHOTOGRPHY (on FB), the RAW Format of the capture should be there with you for later purpose if selected (needed for printing large versions). Kindly give details of the capture
– Dancer
– Dance Form
– Festival, where it has been captured, with dates

b. clearly LABEL the posting as FOR SPANDAN 2014. PHOTO 1 and PHOTO 2. If at all you have to write your name/signature on the photo, let it be very discreet on a margin

c. LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION is March 28, 2014 11:59 pm


d. THE DECISION OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE comprising eminent Dance photographers, critiques and dancers IS FINAL

e. IF Selected, will be asked to send the RAW FORMAT of the same by email.

f. THE SELECTED works will become part of a classified panel and credits will be given. This is my effort in showcasing the brilliance in the dance photography space and the contribution each one is making for furthering the cause of the dance forms.


I WISH TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL, A FESTIVAL OF EVERY DANCE LOVER. I am investing immensely from my own pocket to showcase, hence WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY anything for your contribution, apart from making your work known to connoisseurs and lovers of dance. (last year over 7000 people visited the exhibition)


I ADMIT that I MAY RECOUP the cost incurred for the exhibition displays – printing, framing, logistics of taking the exhibition around – by selling the works proactively this time. SOLD or UNSOLD, I shall intimate you.

IF any works remain unsold, and you want your work back at the end of the exhibitions, then the costs incurred, (calculated by the size and kind of prints/transportation/logistics etc) will have to be paid! It will go into a corpus for future, and encourages me to keep going on this path of promoting brilliance. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MY SPIRIT and intention. I AM SURE YOU WILL HELP ME


Dargah Nizamuddin : A soulful journey within!

As part of my journey of life, I endeavor to contribute to movements and organizations in the spaces of education and culture, which are close to my heart, due to the impact they can leave on the values and character of an individual. One such organization that I mentor, facilitate and contribute to is ITIHAAS. ITIHAAS works with school going children predominantly taking them through heritage walks that awaken the sense of social responsibility in them. It helps children in understanding their current context with a perspective of past and future.

Recently a large delegation of about 50+ historians and curators from the museums of the US were visiting India and ITIHAAS was chosen to take this delegation on a heritage walk to help them understand the secular fabric of our nation. ITIHAAS took them to Nizamuddin Dargah, final resting place of Sufi saint Kwaza Nizamuddin Aulia, which is a place of worship that attracts followers of all faiths. Though India as a nation allows individuals to follow their own faith and also respect other faiths, not many would venture to step into the wsrohipping places of other faiths. This walk of historians from the US generated curiosity in me and I decided to join them on the walk.

I managed to capture elements from that walk, and stitched a short delightful video. Here is one for you.

You would have noticed a delegation of 175 brethren from our neighboring Pakistan in the Dargah premises, actively interacting, singing and dancing. It was heart-warming to meet them and interact with them. Hope both nations will throw open their borders for free flow of each other’s citizens.

The US delegation was in awe of the place and the walk. India with a written history that dates back to over 10000 years, for sure, can wow a nation that is just a 400 years old!

I was glad that I made it to the walk.

Third in the series : Travel guide on Rajasthan, the land of colors captured by sreeni

This book is third in the series of Travel guides of this year that feature quite a few images from my vast captures of colorful Rajasthan. Here is the link on FLICKR to The collection of my captures from the length and breadth of Rajasthan

Rajasthan, the land of colors - Travel guid

This book is a handy tool to convince your friends that Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful and exotic travel destinations ever. It’s not all about camels, though there are camel safaris and camel fairs galore. Rajasthan, the land of kings; an arid land tamed by a valorous people. It is the land of Rajputs, a people quick to take offence and generous with forgiveness. Their annals are written in blood and fire and every grain of sand has been drenched in blood at least once. The people are attired in all colours and hues of a rainbow, fluorescent colours being favoured for turbans. Their ghagra-cholis have beautiful applique patterns, a flash of glass here, a bead there. Jewellery and tattoos are sported by men and women alike. Most men take pride in their lustrous moustaches and beards, combed with great care. It is the sturdy forts, airy palaces, lavish havelis and the vitality of the people that still attract tourists by the hordes.

If you happen to be in a book store, just pick this up and browse; you will love the vivid, colorful spreads…

BEACON ON THE BAY OF BENGAL – My photos and The STORM, singapore story on Odisha

I am reproducing the Odisha Story with my photographs as it appears on Storm’s Blog –

I had earlier written an article with the scanned pages of the mag’s printed version –


While the major Indian cities have continued along predictable business pathways, there has been a rise of opportunities in less obvious areas. The state of Odisha, on the Bay of Bengal on India’s east coast has seen a spike in business arising from its wealth of natural resources. The state has large volumes of coal, iron ore, bauxite and chromite. It also has close to 500km of coastline, much of it white and sandy.

Photo: R. Sreenivasan

For the longest time, the state was languishing as a backwater, getting by on its historic claim to fame as the place Emperor Ashoka embraced non-violence and sparked his interest in spreading Buddhist philosophy. That was in 261BC.  More recently, in the mid-1990s, Odisha roused itself and was quick off the blocks to make the most of the Indian economic reforms. It privatised the electricity business, and welcomed foreign investment in the rising steel and minerals businesses, and other infrastructure projects. The positive effects of this shift have seen the state move into a cash positive situation. Aided by stable local government with a strong view on economic development, Odisha is pushing to entice foreign investment, which must surely be aided by the weakening Rupee. B.K. Patnaik, the former Chief Secretary of Odisha, talks to STORM about the opportunities that exist for those seeking new ventures.

Photo: Devasis Sarangi  – Modern sculptures bring fresh perspective to Odisha’s historic ways.

STORM: What are the investment opportunities in Odisha? B.K. PATNAIK: Odisha has been growing faster than the national average in the past 10 years, with Rs6 trillion in capital-intensive investments. Now we are looking at how to make better use of this industrialisation that has come to the state. We are looking at downstream industries — clusters around aluminium and stainless steel plants —like building materials, automotive components. Tata has a plant, and Toyota will be making 70 million tons of steel. Just outside the capital, Bhubaneswar, we are developing InfoValley, an industrial estate dedicated to IT software processing and electronic hardware manufacturing. InfoValley is a greenfield project, and we have a computer applications tower with space earmarked for businesses that wish to start up immediately with a view for expansion.

Photo: R. Sreenivasan  – The state has a long history connected with Buddhism and Bhubaneswar is often called the temple city of India.

The other area we are putting our trust in is tourism. We would like to showcase our virgin, natural beaches. We are developing a property just outside Puri for high-end tourism. It will also have a golf course and villas, which will be offered to investors. Between Puri and Konark we are developing an aquarium and amusement park. There are a few other sites for beach tourism. We are also strong on eco tourism: Chilika Lake, the biggest brackish water lake in Asia, has tremendous bio-diversity, including dolphins, and attracts more than a million birds from Siberia; the mangrove forest at Bhitarkanika is a crocodile sanctuary; while Similipal National Park, about five hours’ drive from Bhubaneswar, is a national tiger reserve.

Photo: R. Sreenivasan – The state has a long history connected with Buddhism and Bhubaneswar is often called the temple city of India.

We are also going to promote tourism around Buddhism. Odisha has a long history connected with Buddhism. The Kalinga War turned Emperor Ashoka into a Buddhist, and he was responsible for spreading the religion out of India. Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a temple city of India, with a population that is predominantly Hindu.

Photo: Devasis Sarangi – Bhubaneswar’s new airport will help link the state to foreign interests.

STORM: How well networked in Odisha in terms of transportation? PATNAIK: Bhubaneswar is connected with all the metros of India. It has an international airport, and with all the industrialisation and tourism, we expect a lot of passenger traffic growth. All the flights out of Bhubaneswar are full as it is. So, too, the trains. There are direct links to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Coimbature.

At the moment the bulk of the 1.5 million tourists tend to be domestic. It has not attracted international tourists because it lacked the necessary international connectivity. Still, most of the hotels are enjoying good occupancy, and we are looking to attract global hospitality brands. The infrastructure is ready, and land rates in Odisha are cheap. Our initial offer is for three- and four-star developments, with 99-year leases.

Photo: R. Sreenivasan – Odisha looks to a colourful future.

STORM: Is what’s happening in Odisha indicative of what’s happening n India? PATNAIK: Yes and no. When India was growing at 8% we were growing at 8.5 or 9%. Odisha’s special advantages are in its mineral resources and political stability. Although these mineral deposits were identified centuries ago, it’s only since 2003, when the market conditions were favourable, that the government took proactive steps to attract investment. Odisha was considered one of the poorest states of the country before. We are now narrowing that gap and would like to be one of the leading states of the country in the next 10 years. We want to be a beacon for Eastern India.

Magazine STORM, singapore : Sreeni’s curates the photostory on Odisha

Sreeni curates photos for the photostory on Orissa as the investment destination in the STORM magazine of Singapore.

Along with Sreeni’s, Debasis Sarangi’s two photos also form part of the story.

B K Patnaik,former chief secretary of Odisha talks to storm for this story.

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

Magazine STORM, singapore : My photos in photostory on Odisha

You can check the ‘Incredible India! Odisha’ set from where the photos of this story have been selected, yet another set on flickr

click to open the STORM MAG in a new window

WATER – THE LIFELINE….. photo-essay on my blog Sreeniviews

Water breathes life ....
Water breathes life ….

Water is essential for all dimensions of life. Over the past few decades, use of water has increased, and in many places water availability is falling to crisis levels. More than eighty countries, with forty percent of the world’s population, are already facing water shortages, while by year 2020 the world’s population will double. The costs of water infrastructure have risen dramatically. The quality of water in rivers and underground has deteriorated, due to pollution by waste and contaminants from cities, industry and agriculture. Ecosystems are being destroyed, sometimes permanently. Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year.

World Bank Institue

Civilizations are born around water - Varanasi, India
Civilizations are born around water – Varanasi, India


Enjoy the full photo-essay on “Water – the lifeline”, at my photoblog SREENIViews – …more

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