Shot it at "Gajan Fair".
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.
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hemantbuch (1649) 2010-05-18 10:55
Hi Subir, brilliant photo, great colours and sharpness and the little child peering out from the window adds to the scene. Don't quite like your watermarks though...wish you wouldn't kill a great photo with these. Regards, Hemant
fritzi007 (8685) 2010-05-18 11:13
Beautiful photo and interesting commentary congratulations!!!
CLODO (32140) 2010-05-18 11:17
Good double portrait, well framed.
just a regret: your signatures on the post!
Glint (6171) 2010-05-18 12:42
fascinating image in fabulous colour.ERxcellent sharpness. Like other TE members I am disconcerted by the big watermark.
Morac (27723) 2010-05-18 13:46
Good double portrait, well framed.
emilbo (22616) 2010-05-18 15:25
Merveilleuse photo et très intéressant aussi le garçon à travers la grille. Excellente qualité d'image et splendides couleurs. Dommage pour ta signature sur la photo qui dérange beaucoup, c'est vrai qu'il est toujours possible de les enlever.
Tous mes compliments,
nilotpal_patra (1688) 2010-05-18 20:13
Namaskar Subir Basak,
Wonderful Picture. Beautiful colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV.
wolf38 (31284) 2010-05-18 23:00
Hi Subir. My compliments for this beautiful photograph. There is an aesthetic and masterly photographic work. Best regards, Wolfgang.
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-05-18 23:19
Very nice work of Art. Superb double portrait. Good tight framing. The colors are fabulous. The mud walls shows the rural bengal and also reminds me of my village.
Well I would not comment about the watermarks but the image on the let got a bit cropped I guess as the flute(although looking like the handle of the sword) getting cropped.
bachapi (369) 2010-05-21 9:43
Nothing to say. It is perfect.
- Copyright: SUBIR BASAK (photographer123) (6246)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-04-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D40X, 55-200 Nikon vr, RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-18 10:11
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