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South India

By Chinga
Tamilnadu has a great tradition of heritage and culture that developed over 2,000 years ago and still continues to flourish. This great cultural heritage of the state of Tamilnadu evolved through the rule of dynasties that ruled the state during various phases of history. Many of the ruling dynasties gave patronage to art and culture that resulted into the development and evolution of a unique Dravidian culture that Tamilnadu today symbolizes with.
Under the rule of the Pallavas, Cholas and the Pandya kings, there were tremendous growth and development in the field of art, architecture and literature, which reached great heights. The history of Tamil language can be traced back to the age of the Tolkapiyam, the Tamil Grammar text, ascribed to around 500 B.C. Similarly, the Sangam literature dates back to 500 B.C.
Tamil Nadu is one of the most urbanized states of India but most of the people still live in villages. In Tamil Nadu, there is an established caste system with traditional differentiations a lot more pronounced than in many other parts of India. A large part of population is confined to the Chennai (covering industrial areas, townships and the surrounding villages) and those around Madurai, Tiruchchirappall and Coimbatore. About 80 percent of the people in Tamil Nadu follow Hinduism. A substantial percentage of population in Tamil Nadu follows Christianity and Islam.

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RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 11:51AM
I like Vs 2 and 3. Great candid shots

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30 Dec 2013 12:00PM
Enjoy ur stay,Photographically.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Dec 2013 12:07PM
Some colourful characters there, Isabel, the guy in V.3 isn't lacking for a good meal Wink Carol
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 12:12PM
Hmmm Isabel, I notice that they are all men!!
come on some of the women too please
a lovely set..and it has to be V1 for me
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
30 Dec 2013 12:18PM
I really like the kindly face in v2, as well as the outfit. I assume orange has some special meaning?
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 12:51PM
An interesting narrative Isabel

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30 Dec 2013 1:24PM
Fine set of images Isabel, interesting narrative,
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 1:36PM
Interesting pre narrative and a very well captured set of images Isabel.

Regards Nathan Grin
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 1:58PM
Interesting write up on the area and people. Lovely colourful set of images Isabel. GrinGrin Peter
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
30 Dec 2013 2:34PM
Great write up and fascinating images Isabel !!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
30 Dec 2013 2:36PM
A good insight into Indian life here Isabel.
Interesting set.
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
30 Dec 2013 2:54PM
Great set, Isabel.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 3:20PM
These are brilliant Isabel - an interesting narration and insight into their lives. Smile

Bantu 4 7 1 India
30 Dec 2013 3:51PM
Indian culture,great capture.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
30 Dec 2013 4:26PM
A fine set of candid images Isabel.

30 Dec 2013 4:37PM
A fascinating set, Isabel - such an interesting write up, too.
Such a rich culture.
V2 and V3 are my favourites.

richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
30 Dec 2013 4:49PM
Nice set of images, Isobel!! All the best for 2014
a lovely set V1 for me.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Dec 2013 6:02PM
An interesting set of images showing us some of the colourful local characters
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 7:40PM
Great images and a very interesting write up. Well done.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
31 Dec 2013 12:16AM
Very intimate. Tamilnadu is very vibrant and colorful. People are very religious. Nice captures.
31 Dec 2013 10:26AM
Wow, great colour in all the images - the folk are quite 'colourful' too, definitely wouldn't argue with the guy on the right in V3 Wink
Thoroughly enjoyed your write-up, Isabel, always interesting to learn about other cultures.


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