I shot it in a interior village of west bengal ,INDIA at GAJAN MELA(FAIR).FOCAL LENGTH=50MM APPROX..
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.
The festival is arranged on the premises of Shiva temples. Those who take part in the festival after making vows are called sannyasi or bhaktya. They take sacrificial food and wear uturi (wrappers). Each one holds a staff. They try to satisfy the god through different acts of penance, such as piercing their tongues with nails, jumping upon thorns, walking on burning charcoal, etc. CHADAK PUJA is performed on the occasion of the Gajan festival. During this festival, processions are brought out from the premises of the temple of Shiva and taken to other villages. A pair of processionists take the roles of Shiva and Gauri and render dances. Other bhaktyas take the roles of Nandi, Bhrngi, ghosts and spirits, monsters and demons and dance along with Shiva and Gauri. During this time different verses are recited narrating the story of how Shiva's sleep was disturbed and going on to his marriage, his agricultural activities etc. This festival usually lasts for three days. During the gajan on Chaitra Samkranti, Kali dances are also performed in some places describing how the goddess slaughtered the monster Asura.
***IN THIS SHOT SOME VOWS(SANYASIS)PIERCED A STILL ROD THROUGH THE SKIN ON THE UPPER SIDE OF EYEBROW WHICH ONE SIDE HAS NUMBER OF OIL LAMPS...***
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bhorerpakhi (559) 2007-05-03 10:23
Darun, darun hoyeche Subir Da. Puro tonality, expression ekkebare onno leveler. Handheld? Khub steady shot.
vincz (19099) 2007-05-04 3:48
great picture. I love how you composed the picture from a low POV with the burning lamps in the upper half of the picture. Coupled with the perfect light mangement it brings such a special atmosphere to the picture. This reddish tone, seen trough the flames are excellent. An excellent job.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2007-05-04 21:15
Very informative note.Despite 1/8 sec exp tou hve got fairly stable subjects/Nice colors
noborders (1010) 2007-05-20 15:40
This photo is very interesting and shows well the fervour of the devotees - I like the dreamy way of looking of some of the persons here...
- Copyright: SUBIR BASAK (photographer123) (6246)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-13
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Sony DSC-H2
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/8 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): "INDIA photos that I wants to remember (I) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-03 9:32