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.
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arnabchat (7233) 2008-05-12 0:34
a moment of trance. interesting and very striking portrait at the vital moment. great color tones and light. an important document in TE.
greetings from Trieste,
Dpbours (222) 2008-05-12 2:47
Perhaps a bit too real for most, this is a wonderful capture of this religious tradition. It's a bit less about the composition here and more about what you are showing. Very well captured with a good note to it!
brevbrev14 (140) 2008-05-12 12:31
Hi Subir, impressive image, for the moment, the composition, the time used and your note is absolutely useful
rajiv_077 (1412) 2008-05-15 3:20
Amazing picture this one. This moment is really very very interesting, I don't like this of scene personally. Colors and sharpness is really very nice.
- Copyright: SUBIR BASAK (photographer123) (6246)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-13
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Sony DSC H9
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): RED COLOUR 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 0:30