Soul of the Nilgiris

Soul of the Nilgiris is a labour of love and an ode to the magic mountain light. It is the story of a place told through a personal tapestry of oral narratives, conversations, writings and over 300 photographs – taken over nine years, drawn from the creative abundance of a millennia-old mountain land and her centuries-old inhabitants. The book traverses the cultural, ecological, colonial and the now drastically altered landscape of the Blue Mountains situated in the Western Ghat region of southern India, while attempting to draw attention to the lives of its indigenous people.

All profits from sale of this book will be donated to Keystone Foundation, an eco-development not for profit trust based in the Nilgiris.

20x40x50 cm


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“This is not a book. It is pure art. The tribal woven cloth spine, the printing, the photography, typeset, the negative asymmetric spaces, the finely drawn illustrations…”

Wendell Rodricks, Fashion Designer and Philanthropist

“Ramya Reddy’s substantial book Soul of the Nilgiris is a distinctly feminine celebration of culture, tradition, craft and community. Open the cover and it will transport you to another place that feels like another time but is still very much with us in the present. Immerse yourself in it and you will become more aware of the many wonders that await you when you rekindle a deeper connection with nature. There’s wisdom in here that will help us chart our courses to healthier more whole ways of life with ourselves, each other, and our planet.”

John Paul Caponigro, Environmental Fine Art Landscape Photographer and Visual Artist

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