Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Guest Post: Madhu Gopalan of Aadab Hyderabad.

This is going to be a guest post by the very talented Madhu Gopalan of Aadab Hyderabad fame. I have been closely following her photo album of the same name on her facebook and it struck me how much I wanted to feature her work on Hyderabad on this blog. Then followed another thought that whatever decriptor I might write below her pictures, it will never be quite like what she sees her city as. When I see her blog Aadab Hyderabad (which you must read if you have a feeling for history) I am always touched by how much love she has for where she comes from. So here in the 1st ever guest blog on artnlight, Madhu Gopalan & her Hyderabad.

If ever a city was a paradox, it has to be Hyderabad. A hip, happening IT destination with a bright future, swanky malls, never-ending expressways and a colourful nightlife in one avtar, and in another, a quaint, exotic little town steeped in history, with reminders galore of its glorious heritage everywhere you look.
The history of Hyderabad is replete with stories out of a fairy tale - kings, queens, forts, battles, treachery and of course, love. Each building, each wall and each stone has its own story to tell. While I for one, am stuck happily in the past, inevitably, times have changed and slowly but surely, the old is giving way to the new. Here are some images from my attempt, to capture what is left of the old, before the new completely takes over.
The Golconda Fort, the seat of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, till the city of Hyderabad was created:
The piece de resistance, the Charminar - with its construction by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the brand new city of Hyderabad was born:
The Chowmahalla Palace, that epitomizes the opulence, splendour and elegance of the Nizams of Hyderabad:
Remnants from the life and times of Hyderabad's nawabs:

Like Shakespeare said, what is the city but the people?


The colourful bazaars of the old city:

Priceless heritage monuments that have seen lives lived and lost, and empires risen and fallen:




And how could I leave out Irani chai - my...cup of tea :)
That was Madhu Gopalan and her photographic Hyderabad. Do write in with your views and comments :) And see you soon with new exciting posts!

13 comments:

Sudha said...

so glad that vineeta and madhu got together :)...love love love madhu for whatz doing with her blog and all her work to showcase mera(apna) hyderabad!! She is my Hero :)

Georgianna said...

Thank you for sharing these truly amazing images, Vineeta. I have been a big fan of Madhu's work for some months now and never fail to be impressed with the emotion and moods she captures. She is really remarkable. I hope many people discover her here and experience the same. xo – g

Purnima@a creative project said...

Madhu's skill and talent of bringing mystery and glamour to everyday life is incredible!! She is very talented and her photostream makes me want to visit Hyderabad someday!!!

Kamini said...

Have been a fan for a long time now! She makes me love Hyderabad when sometimes the traffic and noise drive me insane! She reminds me how beautiful it really is! Yay for Hyderabad and Madhu!

Madhu Gopalan said...

Thank you so much for featuring my work here, Vineeta - it was great fun writing the post :)
Sudha and Georgianna - thank you so very much :)

Mohua said...

Vineeta, Madhu's pictures are great! While some look very real, others have an enigmatic quality to them.

vineeta said...

Purnima, you are so right, her photographs really make me want to go to Hyderabad :)

Domestic Goddess said...

wow Madhu n Vineeta. This post is Awesome. I am an avid follower of Madhu's clicks and love her work. But doing this post was like icing on the cake. Awesome. It's like a beautiful book dressed up.

umeed79 said...

I have fallen in love with these beautiful pictures that not only capture the essence of Hyderabad but also india.

Sreelu said...

Hyderabad captured at it's best. Thanks for sharing.

Mona said...

Beautiful clicks Madhu! All these clicks are making me very nostalgic with an intense desire to go back to Hyderabad right now.

Madhu Gopalan said...

Purnima, Kamini, Mohua, Suman, Umeed, Sreelu, Mona - thank you so much all of you - you are too kind :)

Vineeta - once again, thanks a ton for featuring my work :)

Dithi said...

Wonderful post Madhu and Vineeta. I have only been to Hyderabad for a couple of days some years back, a chunk of my time went into 'Chudi-galli'; at that time, not photographing but actually spent hours trying to select from the sea of coloured-glass wonders! This makes me want to go back, visit and capture all that I missed last time.