I shot it in a interior village of west bengal ,INDIA on the eve of GAJAN MELA(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.
In this shot a vow dressed like lord "SHIVA"...
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tomescuc (3291) 2008-05-03 8:02
Interesting character, good juxtaposition and details.
worldcitizen (7602) 2008-05-03 9:25
This is a fabulous double-portrait, and I love all of the colorful details on the man. His expression, with the smoke swirling around his face is great. The color of the hair and moustache, along with the make-up and body paint, are really fascinating. Of course it is also great that you were able to juxtapose this colorful man with the boy behind him.
wolf38 (31284) 2008-05-03 11:03
Hello Subir. A shrill and expression-strong photo. Absolutely worth seeing. It pleases me very well. Motive, composition, light color etc. are excellent. Best regards, Wolfgang.
partha (14020) 2008-05-03 23:18
a very fully looking shot. Nicely spotted and brilliantly captured.
vincz (19113) 2008-05-04 23:26
Ha ha ... always finding so incredible scenes. Fantastic one, great compo with the child in the back as well.
japiey (10163) 2008-05-06 20:06
The characters are handled fine.
His action may seem funny, but the whole scene , together with the little boy in b/g makes this interesting. I appreciate you in giving many details of the Gajan Mela.
All the best.
aadilj (18102) 2008-05-08 2:25
Hi Subir, thats fantastic and so intelligently composed to weave a tale within a well composed image. The colours are sharp and the actions are captured in such a lovely timing.
rajju (1345) 2008-05-08 8:39
two different looks, different moods and different aspects of life..
all ina single shot..
noborders (1010) 2008-05-16 1:38
Wow Partha, I'm not particularly for those holy men photos (I've got an overdose of them and they are such a common sight in India, specially in the north...) but your photo is really special : his expression is really strong, plus the kid at the back is like a funny contrast...
Congratulations, I just love it !
I'll add it to my theme,
(the moustache looks fake, do you think he has a wig ???)
marek-mzungu (506) 2008-06-01 21:19
also proves that smoking is bad for you ... ;))
... look how pale he is ;)
scalerman (26900) 2009-03-26 14:47
Subir: finally going through your sheaves one by one - some amazing work. Some of it is redolent of an early TE'er, "manny" who used to lurk these pages. This is my kind of imagery - only done better. Great stuff. A great admirer... c
- Copyright: SUBIR BASAK (photographer123) (6246)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-13
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Sony DSC H9
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): your's favorite, ** Noborder's favourite India photos (I) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 7:23
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