Image of a white peacock in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, shot by Indian Photographer Abul Kalam Azad. Tiruvannamalai is an ancient heritage town, popular for its annual Deepam Festival, Annamalaiyar temple - one of Asia's largest Shiva temple, and Sri Ramana Ashram. Ramana Maharishi was fond of animals, including peacocks. In April 1947 the Maharani of Baroda presented a white peacock to the Ramanashram. Now, there are a few white and plenty of colored peacocks in and around the ashram area.
Ramana's Peacock, 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.