INNER AND OUTER PATH

35mm Digital, Archival Pigment Prints

MAVEERAN SOMASUNDARAM

Maveeran hails from a village called Thiruthuraipoondi, Thiruvarur Ditrict, Tamil Nadu and is a photographer currently based in Chennai. He has been interested in the medium since his childhood, and has pursued it since, and also has completed a conventional education up until MBA. The circumambulation of the Arunachala Hill is known as Girivalam in Tamil. The townsfolk refer to the two paths around the hill by the same name, the outer Girivalam and the inner Girivalam. Apart from the monthly pilgrimage and related trading activities, the Girivalam paths are a microcosmic society by themselves – the perennial ponds, the lone trails, the animals, unique plants, Sadhus and serene silence adorn the protected inner path, and the outer path is much like an extension of the town of Tiruvannamalai, with settlements along it all around the hill. Maveeran has documented the life of the two Girivalam paths in his series “Inner and Outer Path.”

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