The Great Rann of Kutch - Elena Bondar
The Great Rann of Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert between India and Pakistan. It is about 7,505 square kilometers in size and is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world.

These grassland and deserts are home to forms of wildlife that have adapted to the often harsh conditions of this vast area. At night, an unexplained strange dancing light phenomena known locally as Chir Batti (ghost lights) occurs in the Rann and adjoining Banni grasslands,

The unique handicrafts of Kutch are world famous. Many young girls make their living by selling different types of mirror or bead inlay embroidered cloths.


Pixels: 6554 x 6779 pixels (127.1 MP)
Image Size: 36.5 x 37.5 inches (100 dpi)
Format: PDF (25 MB)
Price: €20


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Behind the Canvas

It was during a trip on a sleeper train through India that I first set eyes on this image. It was a small 3-inch by 3-inch advertisement inside a local newspaper left behind by another traveler. I put the page safely in my backpack and carried it with me through the rest of our adventures in India. On our return home I converted the tiny image to a majestic 1 meter by 1 meter oil painting, and this is the result.

About the Great Rann of Kutch

Downloadable medium-format PDF image scanned from Elena’s original oil painting. This is a medium-sized PDF, ideally suited for printing on canvas. A 2.75 inch (7 cm) ‘Museum style’ white margin is added to each side of the picture to allow for stretching/mounting. After completing the payment process, you will immediately receive a download link for your picture.

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