Incredible India : The Great Rann of Kutch

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kaveri exulting in the sheer magnitude of the white salt desert of the Great Rann of Kutch. The largest in the world, it covers almost 10,000 sq kilometers. Formed by receeding seas that left the salty marsh land behind, it is amazing to actually see yourself walk on crunchy salt crystals and see just white for as far as the eye can see. According to Wikipedia, this was a navigable stretch of water in Alexander’s time – but to my mind this is probably geologically a far earlier phenomena. Inside there is the largest colony of flamingoes in the world.

23 Responses to “Incredible India : The Great Rann of Kutch”

  1. Patrick says:

    Dear Mr. Kapur,
    This is the first time I have been to this website and I was prompted to come here because I just saw “The Four Feathers” and realized what a phenomenal director you are. I am currently a college student studying English in Massachusetts. It is my goal in life to become a director and screenwriter and all I have been doing for the past two years is studying movies to understand how they are made (it’s funny because I can remember five years ago going to see movies for entertainment, but now my mind takes in a movie differently—for example when I see a chase scene now, like in Quantum of Solace,the person I see the film with is awed by how entertaining it is, but I watch it to figure out why it’s entertaining). Recently I have been studying really hard to understand the relationship the director and cinematographer have and how that contributes to the films aesthetic personality. I love watching the collaboration of Oliver Stone and Robert Richardson (who worked with you on “The Four Feathers” and did an amazing job), Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Elswit, Francis Ford Coppola and Vittorio Storarro, and Marc Forster and Roberto Shaeffer, to name a few. It was interesting to watch the behind the scenes footage for “Four Feathers” and listen to your method for preparing yourself for realizing and visually capturing one of the film’s most important elements: the desert. You walked out to the desert and just waited there for hours and the only other crew memember to realize what you were doing was Robert Richardson. This leads me to another thing I love and would like to mention: the desert. I don’t know this particular location above, but I love the desert and how serene and void it can be. I have been to Arizona and there were many times I would just stop and listen to the desert and would hear nothing, just the wind. It is such an amazing climate to think in and to be in—it is the only climate that shows the true beauty of the world and, at night, our Universe. I would love to see the Atacama desert in Chile one day. I am also a huge photography buff and I love the work of Ansel Adams and how he captured the American West. I really enjoyed writing this post and if you take time to read it, I thank you for doing so. If you had any techinques on directing, whether visually or acting, I would love to hear them.
    Sincerely,
    Patrick
    P.S. I would love to see you work with Robert Richardson again—The Four Feathers was visually beautiful.

  2. brahmastra says:

    Four Feathers is a great movie and quite underrated at that too. Little did I know that it was directed by Shekhar Kapur when I first saw it..so I was pleasantly surprised that a Hollywood movie had so much heart and depth to it. Then I found out it was directed by Mr. Kapur. I am also a big fan of M Night Shyamalan..he is in a league of his own. That’s a spellbinding pic by the way. What that kid is feeling is what it’s all about.

  3. Harb says:

    The things which remind us – or give us a glimpse of in manifestation – that we are really the unbound soul make us exult. Kaveri is now beyond Kaveri, the body.
    In some, such reminders finally come to fruition. Lo, they have had what is called the experience of Oneness, of God, of Deus Factus Sum.

  4. The Great Rann of Kutch
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  5. Neeta says:

    Kaveri makes the photo a joy ūüôā

  6. ruchi says:

    see ran of kutch at night its like being in other world/ out of body experience. i use to go there and sit on top of my jeep for hours with my collegues.
    full moon nights are best

  7. Ritu says:

    Spell-binding! Truly incredible
    The great rann of kutch has been one of my dream destinations and a place that fascinates me to no end. It has the same mystique and remoteness of the central asian waste lands. Baluchistan in Pakistan is an equally spell-binding landscape. These places are sooo remote that they seem to have remained unchanged from the beginning of time. They open up a primal connection.
    There is a fascinating theory that the Rann was formed when the mythical Saraswati river dried up. In the vedic times the Saraswati was a massive river and the life-line of all the civilizations of the time. There is one theory the ancient Harappan and pre-harappan civilisations perished with the drying up of the Saraswati river. The river left behind many lakes which are so saline today that there are only very small indicators of their fresh water past.
    Another fascinating exercise is to go to google maps and then zoom into the Gujarat area. If you keep the ‘Satellite’ or ‘Terrain’ option on you can sense the expanse of the salt-pan. It is all white. There is also a huge lake bordering the rann. One can perform a similar exercise on other parts of the world. Try Baluchistan or the great Mongolian desert. The sheer expanse and desolateness of the landscape is stunting.
    I am yet to visit the Rann. I fervently hope I can one day. Would look forward to more experiences and pictures from you and also some tips of where to stay how to visit etc.
    Cheers
    Ritu
    P.S There is a wild-ass sanctuary within the rann of kutch as well. I had read a travelogue. I shall dig it up and post the link if I can find it.

  8. Mee says:

    Awesome. Would love to see more pictures, if that’s possible?

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  11. Darshit says:

    Sir,
    I just have visited Dholavira, and desert around it. Its Fabulous. I will be writing soon about it on my blog. Really majestic place. I missed it in night.

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  18. audrey says:

    The Raan of Kutch was an experience I could never forget, it was another world altogether. I am captivated with its rustic vastness and rugged beauty.

  19. Audrey says:

    Dear shekhar, I have written a powerful story in which alot of my inspiration came from the Raan of Kutch. It is unexplainable how I found myself blending in the wilderness of the desert, but it was aventure all the time, from risks to wander ing , from grasping the hues of the sky to ends of the horizon, from standing midst a stampede of wild camels to being chased by the wild black wolf!!! I intend returning to this wonderful land in a few weeks.you will hear from me soon. Bye and keep the desert alive.

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