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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Magic of Action Photography in Sports: A Moment Captured for Eternity

Photography from high adrenaline sports action sometimes brings out some of the most wonderful moments ever captured, thus immortalizing those moments for eternity. I stumbled upon one such photograph recently, from an IPL cricket match of 2009, when Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer R Vinay Kumar took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, the iconic skipper of Mumbai Indians. Here is the photograph:


What you see here, is a single frame that captures deep dejection on one face, and pinnacle of ecstasy on the other. Pure magic. This brought to mind a Kagga verse from Dr. DVG, which is haunting me for a couple of weeks now, the one where he presumably describes a moment of deep meditation. What these photographs capture is nothing less than that, obviously if you just keep all other things involved in IPL - politics, money, power, etc. - aside.

Here is the verse:

ಹಿಂದಣದರುಳಿವಿರದು ಮುಂದಣದರುಸಿರಿರದು
ಒಂದರೆಕ್ಷಣ ತುಂಬಿ ತೋರುವುದನಂತ |
ಒಂದೆ ಕಣ್ಣೊಂದೆ ಗುರಿಯೊಂದೆ ಮೈಮನಮರೆತ
ಸುಂದರದ ಲೋಕವದು - ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ||

My effort to translate it to English:

Past would have no existence, there would be no traces of the future,
As half a moment would fill up the senses, to appear like eternity.
One view, one goal, one body and one soul:
Those that mesmerize you in this beautiful world, O naïve one!

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