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India Song- by Karen Knorr

I found the first picture on the net accidentally. Curiosity led me to dig up more,  only to find a treasure- India Song– a series of digital photography by Karen Knorr.

Exploring further, the idea behind the series was mind blowing.

Quoting from Karen Knorr’s website:

“Karen Knorr’s photography explores cultural heritage and its ideological underpinings. Questions concerning post colonialism and its relationship to aesthetics have permeated her photographic work since the 1980’s.  Her work, India Song, researches the stories and myths of India photographing animals and placing them in temples and palaces across heritage sites in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra.”

As Knorr says, “Cranes, zebras, langurs, tigers, and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion.”

Knorr’s digital assemblages create narratives that captivate, interrogate tensions between old and new; animate and inanimate; stillness and motion; human and animal; and male and female. The stunning photographs of India Song have the power to transfix and transport. They are simply mesmerizing.

Do not miss the caption with each sumptuously detailed pictures, as you travel(scroll) down on this sensual journey…

The Lovesick Prince, Aam Khas, Junha Mahal, Dungarpur PalaceP6 The-Lovesick-Prince-Aam-Khas-Junha-Mahal-Dungarpur-copy-1250x1000


The Opium Smoker, Chitrasala, BundP2 TheOpiumSmoker-1250x1000


Avatars or Devi, Samode Palace, SamodeP3 Avatars-of-Devi-1246x1000


The return of Hunter, Chandra Mahal, Jaipur Palace, JaipurP4 5The-Return-of-the-Hunter-1250x1000


Sikander’s Entrance, Chandra Mahal, Jaipur City Palace, JaipurP5 4_SikandersEntrance-1266x1000


Flight to Freedom, Darbar Hall, Juna Mahal, Junagarhp6 Flight-to-Freedom-1231x1000


The Private Audience, Aam Khas, Juna Mahal, Dungarpurp7 The-Private-Audience-1231x1000

The Lion’s Savior, Zanana, Dungarpur PalaceP9 CorrectedTheLionsSaviour-for-KK_com_-1246x1000

Krishna’s Crown, Jawa Mahal, JaipurP9 KrishnasCrown-copy

Vishnu’s Return to the World, Rani Ki Vav, PatnaP10 Vishnus-Return-to-the-World-1250x1000

The Messenger, Purana Qila, New DelhiP11 The-Messanger-1251x1000

Homage to Ustad MansurP15 Homageto-Ustad-Mansur-1250x1000

Master of Seduction, Amer Fort, AmerP14 Master-of-Seduction-Amber-Fort-Amber-1250x1000

Attaining Moksha, Ajanta Caves, AjantaP12 Attaining-Moksha-1250x1000

Krishna’s RaasLeela, Chitrasala, Bundi P16 Krishnas-Rasa-Leela-Chitrasala-Bundi-copy

Edge of the Forest, Agravena, AgraP17 Edge of Forest Aravena Agra

The Exodus, Paradesi SynagogueP18 The exodis Pardesi Synagogue

The Sound of Rain, Junargarh Fort, BikanerP18 The sound of rain Junagarh fort Bikaner

The Reception of Darshan, Ajanta Cavesp19 The reception of Darshan Ajanta Caves

.The Witness, Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhip20- tHE WITNESS hUMAYUN'S tOMB, nEW dELHI

A Place Like Amravati, Udaipur Lake Palace, Udaipurp21 A place like Amravati

The Conqueror of the World, Poddar Haveli, JunagarhP21 Conquerer of the workld Podar Haveli Nawalgarh

Maha Sattiva’s Sacrifice, Ajanta Caves P13 Mahasattvas-Sacrifice-1250x1000

Light of the World, Zanaroom, Nawalgarh P24

Asylum, Junagarh Fort, Junagarhp26 The Courtyard Conference, Udai Villas, Udaipur p28 The Courtyard Conference, Udai Vilas, Dunagrpur

The Temple Servant, Jaipur City Palace, Jaipur p29 Temple Servant Amber Fort, Jaipur

Maharaja’s Apartment, Udaipur City Palace P30 Maharaja's Apartment, Undaipur City Palace

The Joy of Ahimsa, Takhat Vilas, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpurp31 Ahimsa

The Peacemaker Chandra Mahal, Jaipur City Palace p32 tHE PEACEMAKER, cHANDRA mAHAL jAIPUR cITY pALACE

Parvati’s Consort, Samode Haveli, Jaipur P35 Parvati's Consort, Samode Haveli, Jaipur

Queen’s Room, Zanana Palace, Udaipur p36 tHE qUEENS rOOM, zANANA Palace Udaipur

A Place Like Amravati, Udaipur P37 A place like Amravati, Udaipur city pALACE

The Last Lion, Diwan-I-Khaas, Jaipur City Palace, Jaipur P33 The last Lion, Diwan I KHas City Palace Jaipur

“Knorr’s work explores Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its contemporary relationship to questions of feminine subjectivity and animality.” ~ Darlimple

Thank you !


About Karen Knorr: Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the 1960s, completing her education in Paris and London. She has taught, exhibited, and lectured internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the University of Westminster in the mid-1970s, exhibiting photography that addressed debates in cultural studies and film theory concerning the ‘politics of representation’ practices which emerged during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is currently Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.
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