What are festivals without the presence of animals? The highlight of most of India's festivals are the display of interaction between humans and animals. Kerala temple festivals are especially known for the elephants joining the celebrations. This shot by the river of Arattukadavu was shot during the famous Pooram Festival 2012. Pooram is an annual festival celebrated in the temples dedicated to Durga or Kali. Arattukadavu Pooram in District is one of the oldest and most popular one.
Temple Elephants, Arattukadavu 2012
Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.