Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as festival of Colours. It is also known as Doḷajāta,in Orissa and Dol Jatra (Bengali: দোলযাত্রা) or Basantotsav ("spring festival") (Bengali: বসন্তোৎসব) in West Bengal. The most celebrated Holi is in the Braj region, in locations connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi.Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March).
On the Dol Purnima day in the early morning, the students dress up in saffron-coloured or pure white clothes and wear garlands of fragrant flowers. They sing and dance to the accompaniment of musical instruments like ektara, dubri, veena, etc. Holi is known by the name of 'Dol Jatra', 'Dol Purnima' or the 'Swing Festival'. The festival is celebrated in a dignified manner by placing the icons of Krishna and Radha on a picturesquely decorated palanquin which is then taken round the main streets of the city or the village. The devotees take turns to swing them while women dance around the swing and sing devotional songs. During these activities, the men keep spraying coloured water and coloured powder, abir, at them.
The head of the family, observes fast and prays to Lord Krishna and Agnidev. After all the traditional rituals are over, he smears Krishna's icon with gulal and offers "bhog" to both Krishna and Agnidev.
In Shantiniketan, Holi has a special musical flavor.
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Jeppo (17645) 2012-03-18 13:41
India is a "everyday festival of colours" and Holi is just the elevation of it.
I like the intense and seren glance of this lady
PaulVDV (30703) 2012-03-18 13:46
Holi, the festival of colours. This picture is also a splendid festival of colours. Paint on the face and as so often in India wonderful coloured clothes.
This lady certainly looks very happy.
Best regards, Paul
gita (243) 2012-03-18 22:16
So colourful shot full of happiness, nice pleasant yellow dominated the image. The lady at the centre looks gorgegous and her costume and jewellery is simple but elegant.
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2012-03-18 22:50
BAH !!!..nice one..nicely captured and framed...
Keep up the good work!
jjcordier (79297) 2012-03-18 23:38
Festival de couleurs sur le visage de cette belle femme qui attire la lumičre et les regards. Excellente photo avec un trčs bon choix de profondeur de champ.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-03-21 2:04
Very nice portrait.Beatiful & warm colors.Your note is useful!TFS
Have a nice day,
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-29 1:51
a beautiful portrait with attractive composition and I like the colours and lights, the atmosphere of the photo is charming, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Angshu (56760) 2012-05-11 2:59
Not been around for months? Shob thik achhe tow?
A wonderful picture from Basanta Utsav. The DOF has been immaculate
patdeph (35748) 2012-05-26 2:56
magnificent picture with superb colors and light, and a perfect framing with the 3 heads in diagonal and just 1 sharp lady.I like veru much.
vasilpro (41619) 2012-05-26 11:11
Wonderful portrait of a lovely lady, excellent light management, vivid colors, very good clarity and sharpness, excellent POV, very nice framework, TfS!
danos (100830) 2012-05-27 0:31
a really pleasant festival of colours with all the natives to spread on their faces all this variety of colours.Good presentation with the informative note to escort this beautiful image.
ChrisJ (116676) 2012-05-27 2:12
Well composed with good sharpness & a superb shallow dof, but on my monitor, it looks a little over saturated. Especially in the yellows & reds. I like how both the fg at right, & the overall bg, are in soft focus, & only the centrally placed woman is sharply defined. Have a great Sunday!
bayno (18344) 2012-05-27 11:21
excellent targeted fire and the use of DOF, I like the expression of this woman and an intense look into your lens, beautiful colors and interesting note...
Silvio1953 (148447) 2012-06-04 3:51
Ciao Madhumita, great portrait of lovely girl, fantastic colors, excellent sharpess and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dale54 (8486) 2012-06-07 10:07
hi madhumita! very nice people shot,she is loooking right at you,and with a lovely smile,like your crop,and wonderfull color too! tfs! dr
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-06-26 7:39
And beautiful women! Awesome portrait of this woman. I do love the colors and with good saturation. Good use of the dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
bornav (486) 2012-07-03 21:23
Beautiful portrait photo, with perfect focus, depth of field and a good blurred background. The lighting is alo equally good.
wolf38 (31296) 2012-07-13 22:26
Hi Madhumita. A colorfully painted face in the crowd. I was many years ago in India, and I fondly remember the festival of colors. The exotic India is a wonderful country for all visitors - and especially for photographers. Rgds, Wolfgang.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-07-23 12:04
Hello Madhumita -What a pleasure it is to look through some of the images in your gallery. The fact that you actually live in India gives your work an intimacy that visitors would find difficult to match. This is such a great example, fabulous eye contact and warmth. I love the brilliant colours and your clever use of DOF. Now I have discovered your gallery I shall be looking out for your posts. Magical! Warmest regards Rosemary
Nasy (124) 2012-07-29 13:18
What a lively photo!
I like the impression on this young pretty lady's face;happy and calm!
great contrast and composition.
Have a nice time,
fabbs99 (17175) 2012-10-20 11:43
Excellent shot of this beautiful lady On Dol probably at Shantiniketan.Incredibly beautiful shot executed with a superb quality.Well done.
mjw364 (1464) 2012-10-22 2:45
Great shot very colourful and great control of depth of field. A beautiful, happy, smiling face!
Your work reminds me of the photographer Nan Goldin.
federico (4139) 2012-11-01 7:49
hello madhumita, you have a wonderfull gallery, an inside view from India, this shot particularly impressed me a multiple portrait, with the focused and unfocused women merging togheter in a unique colective portrait
blueaquan (289) 2014-06-12 23:51
Beautiful portrait filled with colours. It is quite a sight to Photograph Festivals and Temple events.
Good work with your 70-300.
Why are you not active these days? I don't see any work in 2014! Whatever the circumstances or nature of work, you can always find subjects for your work if you observe.
- Copyright: Madhumita Roy (madhumita_roy86) (2344)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-08
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: nikon D3000, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, Hoya UV-Guard
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Favorite II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-18 12:32