May 30, 2024

Round Architecture

Dome at the Gallery of modern arts, Glasgow 

special mention in the theme "Round Architecture " in the photography group 'minimal space'


 Awarded by the photography group The B/W minimalists

May 29, 2024

St.Marys Church at Fort St George

 The St Mary's church is the oldest building constructed by the British in India housed at Fort St. George in Chennai. This ancient British Anglican Church is also called as the “Westminster Abbey of East”.

Sir Streynsham master, who was representing the East India Company in Madras (now Chennai), realized the need of a Chapel for the religious practices and rituals. So he started the construction of a Church on the Lady Day, that is, on 25th March 1678. The consecration ceremony was conducted on 28th October 1680. Within such a short span of time, the magnificent building was constructed in the British style of Architecture. As the building had a bomb-proof roof, it was used as a barrack and granary between 1758 and 1759 during the Second Carnatic War with the French.

St Mary’s Church is one of the finest examples of British Architecture in India, designed to catch even the slightest hint of a breeze off the sea; a haven of relative coolness in the sweltering heat of a south Indian summer. Inside the church is a plethora of memorials to officers and civilians of the East India Company who died far from home, sometimes in battle but more often from the combination of tropical heat and disease

At the west end of the nave is a 
 gallery, resting on carved Burma teak pillars, which 
 housed the seat for the Governor..

In 1753 Robert Clive married Margaret Maskelyne at this church.

An unsigned portrait of the last supper, an Altarpiece which was said to be a pure betray of Raphaelite school where Raphael himself sketched the figures, itt was brought to Chennai after it was spoilt by the British troops.

On the 15th August 1947 the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment marched out of the Fort and was replaced by the 3rd Sikh Light Infantry. Since then the Church has been administered by the Church of South India and it is beautifully maintained.

May 27, 2024

Human in Geometry

 Best photo for the theme "Human in Geometry " in the photography groups 'minimalist space' and minimal 

Also was selected in the
Best Photos Collection (Weekend Theme)
Theme: Free Black & White Minimalist Architecture

Elliots Beach

 On my recent visit to Chennai, I decided to pay a quick visit to the Elliots beach at Beasant nagar. The beach holds lot of nostalgic memories for me as I used to be a frequent visitor here almost 25 years ago when I was doing my post graduation in Chennai. Then it was a quiet clean place mostly frequented by youngsters. Today I was shocked to see the beach turn into a messy crowded place with so many shops and eateries.

The Kaj Schmidt memorial

The Kaj Schmidt memorial was in extremely derelict condition as I remember in those days. But I was pleasantly surprised to see it neatly renovated and enclosed.

The memorial commorates the gallantry of Danish sailor Kej Schmidt who lost his life while saving the life of an English girl here in the year 1930.