February 1, 2012

Band Tower, Hampi

Band Tower is on of the tall structures found within a large compound of Danaik's Enclusure in Hampi.  This structure dates back to 13th century and this is the only structure in Danaik's Enclusure which is still in good shape.  Its a two-storied hexagonal building with narrow stairways leading to the top. There is no clear information as to why this is called Band Tower, one of the localite told me that if we clap standing in the center of the ground floor of this building, sound is amplified and sounds like its from a band {it sure does because I tried it :)} but looks like this structure was a watch tower more than a band tower.

Another prominent structure in this enclosure is the Mosque (stone structure seen next to the band tower in the picture).  It is said that this Mosque was originally a temple, later converted to a mosque when muslims invaded Vijayanagara Empire.

(Converted the image to B&W and added texture just to get a feel of the bygone era.)
Band Tower of Hampi

29 comments:

  1. That is one amazing shot - it should be in a book, or a gallery!

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  2. Superb capture, Sam! Such a beautiful place and your composition is amazing indeed!

    Sylvia

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  3. Some day I have to go to your country and with my one eyes seeeee what you se :-) I hope so to get the opportunity to experience this, it would be an adventure Anthony.

    Se some of all the wonderful buildings you show us, architecture that takes all my breath away. First, he he I have to start gambling to win some thousands money... :D

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  4. @ by Word of Mouth Musings
    thanks for your kind words :)

    @ bookbabie
    Thanks

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  5. @ Jasmine, Sylvia
    Thanks :)

    @ Anne
    LOL! All the best with your gambling my friend

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  6. Great photography.

    Regards and best wishes

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  7. thats an awesome edit! it really looks like a charcoal or pencil drawing! Really cool edit for this image!

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  8. It's fascinating. Your treatment gives it a fine feel.

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  9. Wow - so beautiful! Love the texture in the shot.

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  10. It's beautiful, the way you have presented this picture. It creates a sense of elegance and tranquillity - like a picture in an old book. It also introduces a sense of tension - so many pictures like this were published in a time of political strife and danger. Things are, and are not, what they seem.

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  11. What a great job in making this photo look old.

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  12. Love the conversion to black and white, it certainly gives it that old feeling

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  13. Wow! It looks like your shot is quite old! Great job.

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  14. I love what you have doe with this image.

    Mollyxxx

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  15. This is a magnificent black and white image Anthony.
    Such wonderful tones here!

    Thank you so very much for sharing with us this week at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful day!

    lisa.

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  16. Stunning composition, tones, and texture. Excellent work!

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  17. This seems an ideal temple, foursquare from the time of the monkey.

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  18. Wow! This is a beautiful image! Something I would put on a wall.

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  19. Wow! This is truly beautiful! Visiting from The Creative Exchange Linkup.

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  20. Amazing shot and texture! Thank you!

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