I shot it in a interior village of west bengal ,INDIA at GAJAN MELA(FAIR).FOCAL LENGTH=36MM..
Gajan a Shaivite folk festival, held on CHAITRA SANGKRANTI (the last day of Chaitra..according to eng calendar ,its in middle of april) and on full moon nights up to the full moon of Asadh. The festival is associated with various gods. There may thus be SHIVA's Gajan, the Gajan of DHARMA THAKUR, the Gajan of Nil etc. But the main object of this festival is to celebrate the marriage of the sun and the earth. The reason for this festival is perhaps to appease the sun and pray for rain during the hot, dry month of Chaitra.
In this shot the vows are performing their ritual dances.....hope you all like it....
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nirajsinha (857) 2007-10-04 9:25
Hi Subir Da,
Great shot of men in action. Few things are distracting -- cropping in right side , skin tone of dancers in right side (from a novice eye). Otherwise all other thing is just great. The smoke around is adding beauty.
vincz (19113) 2007-10-04 12:42
Great atmosphere, very nice so well saturated colors that fit so well with the ambaince. I love the facial expression of the men. Very well done.
isabela_sor (47724) 2007-10-04 14:10
Maybe you can post more shots about this ritual dance,I would like to see them :)Well saturated colors and maybe next time you can show the dancers using another angle
japiey (10163) 2007-10-05 3:11
The strength and will of SHIVITE DANCE, and its rhythm is well composed and presented.
Maybe the tone of a full moon night would have added a spectacular vision, but can imagine that it would be an ardous task..
Salutes for this effort in sharing a culture.
anes_lc (14968) 2007-10-05 3:16
i love your note ..is always teach me something about your country ,i find it spectacular ...and like this festival that celebrate such marriage :) make me smile ...is fantastic world
great shot .did you use flash for?
aadilj (18102) 2007-10-05 3:44
this one is burning and full of human bodies. I liek the way you have managed and composed this rather busy looking shot wich is lively and energetic
sagar (2410) 2007-10-06 0:45
Excellent work!!Great colors!!I never saw a Gajan dance before though I had heard of it so many times!!
Thanks for tshaering!!
- Copyright: SUBIR BASAK (photographer123) (6246)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-13
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Sony DSC-H2
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-04 7:10