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Somewhere in India
Village of Kokkare Belluru, 1984
Village Life in India
Ganesh Festival
Lord Ganesh in Indian Art

Ganesh on Fabric Design
Ganapati in Indian Art
Floral Design Themes
Bracket slabs carved into beautiful maidens

Erotic Paintings of India
Fair skinned man and a dark skinned woman make love. Detail from a painting in Tumkur
Erotic Arts of India
Pictures of Honnavar
Picture of Rama Temple
Ten Citizen's Monastery ("Dha Janale Mutha"), Honavar

The jewelry of kings of Mysore
Royal Jewels
Royal Jewels
The jewelry of Mysore Maharaja
Federal authorities seized them from being smuggled outside the country in 1989 when these were photographed.

Snake charmer, sculpture from Bhatkal temple
Circa 14th century
Snake Charmer
Konkani Brahmin Priest
Brahman Priest, Goa

Lord Indra Riding His Eight Trunked Elephant, Airavat
Jaina mural, Shravanabelagola, 19th century
Mysore Traditional Painting
Konkani Muslims
Hearty Smile of a Nawayati Muslim Lady
Village of Herangadi, Uttara Kannada

Himalayan Labourers, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Himalayan Laborors Carrying Hay
Woman Handwashing Clothes
Indian Woman Hand-washing the Clothes

A Woman Belonging to Halakki Tribe
Women of India
Pumpkin Hat
Man in Pumpkin hat

Krishna and the Witch Putana
Painted temple art, Venugopal Temple, Malleswaram
Killing of Putana
Masks of India
A Tribal Mask

A Tribal Mask of India
Masks of India
Temple Arts of India
Two Headed Bird Ganda-berunda
Detail from Garudasthambha temple pillar, Konkani Math, Goa

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Points to Ponder
Hidden underneath the contents of Kamat's Potpourri are some fascinating pointers to life's most difficult questions. Some are the opinions of sages and saints, and some are those of the most common people you will find on the streets of India

SculpturesSculptures of India
This section at Kamat's Potpourri is the largest single source you will find on the sculptures of India. Kamat has photographed and studied them since his teenage years and amassed an unbelievable collection on the topic.

Make Your Own PhotoQuilts
If you have seen and admired our PhotoQuilts, now you can make your own! Convert a favorite photograph of yourself or your child into a stunning PhotoQuilt using our photographs.

Palanquins in Medieval Indian Art
The palanquins were used by ancient Indians for traveling both short and long distances. The hand-carried palanquins provided an efficient mode of transportation for the women, the rich, and across rough terrain.

Hoysala Temples of Belur
Kamat writes that the temples of Belur exhibit a joyous exuberance of fancy, scorning mechanical refrain. "All that is wild in human faith or warm in feelings is found portrayed in these temples".

Of Men, Women and Neuters
Learn about the transvestites in India known as the Hijras and how they are different from the Jogappas practicing the Yellamma cult. While at it, see pictures of cross dressing in Indian theater.

Muslims in IndiaIndian Muslims
There are 180 million practicing Muslims in India. A photographic exhibit depicting a cross section of Indian Muslim communities; includes pictures of Daldis, Navayatis, and Islamic mystics.

Colors of India
Are you one of those who felt our site lacks color? While it is true that most of our content is in black and white, we bring you this delightful presentation on colors of India.

Marikamba Goddess
The temple of goddess Marikamba in the town of Sirsi is a splendid example of syncretic evolution of tribal and so called brahminical customs and rituals, befitting Hindu ethos.

How I wrote 'Gita-Rahasya'
Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak writes that "Gita does not preach renunciation". He says Gita preaches action, and asks everyone to study Gita for its philosophical beauty.

Extreme Vehicles
Most Hindu Gods have their own vehicles that they use to go about their tasks and responsibilities. We bring you this fascinating exhibition of pictures from Indian mythologies.

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