Contemporary Heroines is the second part of my ongoing five-part series titled Story of Love, Desire & Agony. The photographs were shot in and around the contemporary locations of Trikkana Mathilakam, which used to be an important Jain study center during the Sangam period (3rd century BCE to 3rd century CE). It was from this region, poet Ilango had compiled/composed the epic based on a pre-existing folklore story. He must have constructed his heroines, Kannaki and Matavi, and other characters of his poetry from his surroundings.
Contemporary Heroines – The Women of Mathilakam | Story of Love, Desire and Agony | 2015 | 35mm Digital