The Great Rann of Kutch. Spread across 7505 sq kms, it is the largest Salt desert in the world. Also known as the White Desert, a large part of it is located in India (and the other in Pakistan), the desert is inhabited by a tribe known popularly as the Kutchis.
This beautiful vagary of nature, the Rann (which simply means ‘desert’ in Hindi) is astounding in its pristine beauty; a sea of white that is expansive, calming, and soothing.
The starkness of the desert is in complete contrast with the vibrant colours the Kutchis adorn. Their homes are beautifully decorated and bear the colours of ‘life’. As a local tourist guide revealed to us, “We are colourful from the inside even though we live in a desert…”
We went on a short trip to this beautiful part of Gujarat and took photographs that depict the ethos of the Rann – a dry, arid land, occasionally bursting with the colours of ‘life’…
Light me a lamp that burns bright. Make me the torchbearer
Boy from the only family left in Gujarat that weaves carpets in the village of Kharad…
Silhouette of a camel cart in the Rann of Kucth as a car comes up behind it!
“Rare is the union of beauty and purity.”
“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?”
Girls in the village go without footwear
“It takes a very long time to become young.”
Mirror Art of Kutch
“The only people who see the whole picture,’ he murmured, ‘are the ones who step out of the frame.”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Alms are always welcome…
“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.”
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent van Gogh
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Handcrafted. Painstakingly. And all they do is, adorn feet
And some dolls are not made for play…
Beauty or Burden? Dichotomous traditions ONLY for the girl…
“Indians wear such bright colours” said a Swede to me once. “Yes, we are blind like that” said I.
Welcome to the Rann of Kutch! “I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“One eye sees, the other feels.”
Tribal women waiting to sell their produce…
A magnificent, battery powered ride…
What an unbelievable creation! The Salt Desert – The White Desert – The Rann of Kutch!
The common ride in Kutch
The sun sets on the horizon of the Salt Desert
Selling a little piece of happiness…
Tribal girl selling handwoven items
Idyllic village hutment
Objects in the rearview mirror may be closer than they appear…
Musician playing an ancient instrument that was the predecessor of the tabla…