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Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

Ancient Cave Paintings in Sasphol

13th Century Sasphol Caves, Ladakh Went up a mountain to see the magnificent Buddhist cave paintings. Worth every huff and puff. The big achievement was the small journey out of … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Weekend Musings – We shall never know ..

Exploring a whole new culture and its history, its evolution and the reasons that make it what it is today … is like taking a journey with imperfect lenses not … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Culture Celebrates Identity! Happy New Year!

I have grown up in Mumbai …. in a neighborhood that was made of up mainly Maharashtrian and Gujarati residents (us). I learnt both language even before I knew what … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Way We Were – II

Photos of an exhibition of photos from negatives in the archives of Souza & Paul – the oldest photo studio in Goa, presented at the fabulous Serendipoty Arts Festival 2016. … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Way We Were

Stunning larger than life print from the collection of negatives of Souza & Paul, Goa’s oldest photo studio, presented by the Serendipity Arts Festival. Soooo beautiful!! Jm Dec 2016   … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Waiting to Grow Old

A friend reminded me that at 50, we are the youngest of the old people. But I cannot wait to get to the next stage and become the oldest of … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beauty is Ageless

“Beauty begets beauty” Timeless beauty from Gujarat creating more timeless beauty.

November 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Twin from the Past

So here is a photograph that I took in 2008 of a structure in  Agra. Here’s a Black & White rendition of the image Imagine my surprise when I found … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rajasthan Tribal Costume

Regular Costume of a woman from Rajasthan belonging to the Garasia tribe – one of the numerous tribes in Rajasthan. Am wondering how many of us can carry off that … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Caving in Halong Bay – First Adventure

Well ‘almost’. Caving is the recreational pastime of exploring wild generally non-commercial cave systems. The beautiful Halong Bay in Vietnam with its 2000 towering limestone islands and islets offered me … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

Walk Alone – Ekla Cholo

Be not Afraid to Walk Alone “If no one answers your call, Then walk alone, (be not afraid) walk alone my friend  If no one talks to you, O my … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

We all love a good story! – Street Photo – Lambani Gypsies

We all love a good story! We all love some details of other lives. This inherent trait of humans across cultures is probably one of the biggest advantages of the … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Culture & Art Photos – Image Library @ WOVENSOULS.COM

Charity Sale of CULTURE & ART IMAGES for a cause! High Resolution Images of Traditional Art & Culture from over a dozen locations in Asia, including Myanmar, Thailand & North … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

“In the Shadows”

A photograph that is a part of the ‘Journey of the Soul’

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Sarava Mangalam…” Happy New Year – Vikram Samvat 2071

A Sanskrit Shloka – a perfect prayer for an auspicious new year Vikram Samvat 2071

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Unparalleled Art in Architecture – Havelis of Jaisalmer

The unparalleled art in the architecture seen in the Havelis of Jaisalmer mesmerizes and leaves the visitor speechless. The spell cast by the beauty of the walls built with stone … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Thar Desert Rajasthan – Where did the desert go?

A desert is not something that one sees often. So when I planned my trip to Rajasthan, I was excited about seeing the Thar desert (pronounced by local as Thudd)  … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Rajasthan Diaries

The caravan stops again.  At Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and the surrounding desert villages! Sand dunes, an abandoned village, mesmerising architecture, a surprising desert-turned-fertile landscape, warm people, and finally an unforgettable meeting … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 20 Comments

‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Opens

A few minutes before the exhibition opens: The things in this room – the textiles & the photographs, the stories behind their acquisition, the people in the photos & the … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights | Antique Banarasi Saris

These two  complete bridal Banarasi saris (fragment) from the very early 20th century have been woven with Zari or golden thread that has precious metal content. More details on Wovensouls.com … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights | Art Photo Print “Worship”

Fine Art Photo Print Presented by The Esplanade, Singapore in the “Sounds of Shanti’ series in an exhibition in 2013. Now available for acquisition at Vanishing Cultures. ‘Vanishing Cultures’ An … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lifestyle & Beliefs of the Dard Aryan Ethnic Group of Ladakh

“It happens when it happens” Time is not a rare commodity and leisure is a luxury that all enjoy. ‘It happens when it happens’. No hurry. No time crunch. No … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Magnificent 11th Century Lamayuru Monastery – A photoessay

The Monastery    Student Monks doing their laundry.   And finally an invitation to  lunch of Rajam & Rice with the student monks! Food for the Soul, Food for the … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Aryan Diaries

My  first trip to Ladakh in 2011 was an extravagant visual feast of culture.  As a first-time viewer I was dazzled and overwhelmed so much that I could barely differentiate … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

Small Town Magic – In Mega Mumbai

A few charming scenes from Mumbai that  are also charming and contain the warmth of small town life. The difference between awe and disgust is simply our own attitude. jm … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

Forts in the Konkan Coast, India

A few photos of Konkan Forts: View all the images (in full size) on the parent website WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

September 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Artistic Mughal Architecture

A mini photo-article while I travel. Spellbinding Mughal Art View all the images (in full size) on the parent website WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Magnificent Lucknow Architecture

Am posting mini articles while I travel – these minis are mainly photos taken on previus travels.   More pr images available on the parent website WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013 … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Large Textile Art Installations from the Buddhist World

Just a few photos from my past travels. Tashiding Sikkim More pro images may be viewed on WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stone Art from the Past

Amazing stone art from a few centuries ago. Pics above and below from Kathmandu Pics below from Guwahati While tastes and lifestyles change over the eras, these forms of art … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions in Singapore, Montreal & Mumbai \ Jaina Mishra , Wovensouls

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Irresponsible Photography

There is no code of ethics for photographers or tour operators. Each is guided by their own moral compass and their own motivations. Sometimes those motivations can be less-than-sensitive and … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

SOUNDS OF SHANTI – Photography Exhibition presented by Esplanade Singapore

Esplanade Theatres, Singapore presents ‘Sounds of Shanti’ – a photography exhibition reflecting devotional music of the various cultures of Asia, in conjunction with their music festival “Tapestry of Sacred Music”. … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Two additional photography award nominations!

This morning I heard that I was selected as a nominee for more photography awards! “Dear JAINA, CONGRATULATIONS on being a Nominee at the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup with: … Continue reading

February 20, 2013

Kalinga Diaries

Kalinga. Now called Odisha (Orissa). The poorest state in India financially. Yet, among the richest states culturally. Every Indian has heard of Orissa through its arts – either the dance, … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 5 Comments

Photos of the Photography Exhibition at Galerie Luz Montreal

Some photographs of my third exhibition this quarter. Presented by Galerie Luz, Montreal. More updates to follow later! Pictures of the other two recently held exhibitions follow : Mumbai exhibition … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mini Photo Exhibit at the Singapore Art Museum Satellite Unit Opening at Taman Jurong

In pictures 5 photograph prints were selected for display at the opening of the Singapore Art Museum at Taman Jurong CC. The objective of having satellite units is to bring … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Pictures of the photography exhibition at Coomaraswamy Hall, Mumbai

The second in a series of three exhibitions, my limited edition photograph print series titled ‘Tribal Expressions / Journeys of the Soul” was exhibited as part of a group show … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Invitation to Photography Exhibition at Coomaraswamy Hall, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, Jan 4th-6th

Housed in the renamed Prince of Wales Museum – the Chatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya, the Coomaraswamy Hall will be the venue for my first photography exhibition in Mumbai. Exhibited as … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Photographs of the Tribal Expressions Exhibition, Singapore

Photos of an absolutely amazing experience!  Visitors reacted beyond expectation to the people in the photos, to the photos, to the expressions of human emotion, to the expressions of tribal … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 3 Comments

Upcoming Solo Photography Exhibitions : Singapore & Montreal

You are invited to “TRIBAL EXPRESSIONS” an exhibition of tribal portraits (photograph prints) in Singapore & in Montreal * SINGAPORE – NOVEMBER 2012 “THE ARTS HOUSE” The Old Parliament House,  … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Camels go on a Pilgrimage with their Tribal Masters to pray

I am in Kutch. One of the districts of Gujarat. Which is one of the 28 states of India. This little portion tucked away in a corner of India bordering … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Epic Photographer – Edward Curtis, an extraordinary life

Every time I click images of vanishing tribes the motivating idea that drives me is that in a small way I am capturing history as it passes. There is a … Continue reading

August 28, 2012

A Rabari Gypsy Tribal Wedding Ritual

‘Luck by Chaanus’* was on our side Mr. V.bhai – my self appointed guide for the day – declared observing that we had just witnessed two pre-wedding rituals an hour … Continue reading

August 10, 2012 · 9 Comments

4th Photography Award comes my way!

Have received news of my 4th Award today!  Am thrilled and am sharing that. When I won my first – I thought it was probably a fluke …….. but now … Continue reading

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Turban Art – the Crowning Glory of Indian Men

Turbans serve many uses for Indian men. They provide relief from the sun and a touch of color to the simple male costume. The loose ends are used as handkerchiefs, … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Gangaur Festival

A festival of devotion and of celebration of love. Shiva and Parvati are the epitome of love in Hindu mythology and this is one of the stories about their love. … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Curious Dayak Tribal Objects

I had never articulated the thought in my head until Kuching but had always known this even during my days of scrounging through Chor Bazaar in Bombay and flea markets … Continue reading

June 14, 2012

Puppets & Puppeteers of Nagaur Rajasthan

An old folk saying “We are only puppets, our strings are being pulled by unknown forces” This is an article about puppets – from a place that is famous for … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Winning my first award in photography

Last week one morning I got a call  from an unidentified number. They were calling to inform me of a merit award I’d won for the camel caravan image I’d … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

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