This picture of mine was shortlisted as one among the top 20 in the National Photographic competition in India held by the Swedish Embassy in October 2010.
The theme of the competition was "INDIAN INTERPRETATION OF SWEDISH INNOVATIONS"...
I chose to work with the Swedish Innovation - "Safety Match"
My write up along with the photograph for the competition was as under:
“KUTHUVILAKKU” – (FAMILY LAMP) BEING LIT WITH “SAFETY MATCH”
The Swedish innovation “Safety Match” is indispensable in our daily lives….
This picture depicts a “Kuthuvilakku” – a Brass Indian Family Lamp being lit with Safety Match. The flame is considered to be sacred and represents – “Agni” –“God of Fire” in Hindu mythology. Hindu tradition has it that the lady of the house lights the “Kuthuvilakku” during twilight – everyday - to invoke “Lakshmi” the Goddess of Wealth into the house….