Tiruvannamalai

Tiruvannamalai is an ancient nature worship site, situated in the Bangalore – Pondy Highway, Tamil Nadu. Experiments done by Geological Survey of India has revealed that the rock (charnockite) which makes up the Annamalai hill in Tiruvannamalai is older than 3.5 billion years and believed to have formed as a result of a massive volcanic eruption. The fertile land around the hill was highly potent for farming and soon became an important human settlement in South India. Many a legends and mythical stories of Saiva belief grew around the Annamalai Hill, which is revered as fire (agni), one of the pancha bhootas (five elements). During the Sangam period (3rd century BCE to 4th century CE) Tiruvannamalai became one of the most important centres for Jain culture and learning. The changing dynasties art and architecture stand as a museum of yesteryear culture. The light, landscape and people of this ancient hill and its surroundings have been documented since 1880. Many noted photographers including P.R.S. Mani Iyer, Dr. T.N. Krishnaswamy, G.G. Welling, French Photographer Henri-Cartier Bresson and American photographer Eliot Elisofon have documented the town during the period 1930 – 1950 CE. Project 365 Tiruvannamalai commenced on 15th August 2014. The year-long project has visually recorded the Annamalai hill and the circumambulatory fourteen kilometre road that continue to keep millennia old Saiva traditions. Project 365 was led by contemporary Indian photographer Abul Kalam Azad. Project 365 public photo-art archive Tiruvannamalai has a collection of about 3000 photographs collectively created by 25 leading and upcoming photographers. We are in the process of publishing an illustrated photo-art book and an exhibition broadly titled ‘Tamilakam Rekaikal‘ to showcase the photographs collectively created by Team 365.

Team Photographers