Hodka Village is located in the district of Kachchh (Kutch) in the state of Gujarat in India. It lies at the distance of 63 km from Bhuj. The name Hodka is derived from the Gujarati word 'hodi' which means boat. Hodka village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh who were cattle herders in search of pastures. This was around 300 years ago! The Meghwals, who came originally from Marwar in Rajasthan to Sindh in Pakistan in the 17th century, have also settled in Hodka over time.
The amount of jewellery worn by the women & girls of Kachchh amazed us! Meghwal women are known for their colorful and exuberantly detailed costumes and jewellery. Married women wear an elaborate gold nose ring called 'Velado.' It is a sign of marriage and worn only on special occasions. Some nose rings are so heavy that the weight of it is suspended by a beaded chain, which is connected to her hair.
Unmarried Meghwal girls wear three beads drop earrings in upper ear, even from a tender age...like the little girl on the right whom I met in Hodka village. While her little sister played along with us, she looked rather sad...did not utter her name & her looks were distant. I still wonder why!
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subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2013-02-20 3:06
aj ekebare samapatan... Thik eki time-e dekhchhi aamader chhobi duto post kora hoyechhe... A nice one with these local girls... The composition is good, superb colours and sharpness... The lady with yellow shari added depth to it. Bhalo hoyechhe, ar ektu lower POV hole compositionta kemon dekhato?
chrisvek (7001) 2013-02-20 3:23
Very nice shot of these cute kids!Great colors and expressions on their faces.Amazing POV and framing.Well done!
Have a nice day
pierrefonds (58810) 2013-02-20 4:37
You have captured well the timid and curious expression of the children. The point of view is showing the details and colors of their clothings. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
jhm (142067) 2013-02-20 5:05
A pity that in the world a lot innocent children become victim of the evil world.
Children of these age are always innocent.
I hope that the world a little bit more tolerant is against the children.
Excellent composition, nice captured with pleasant colors.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (64117) 2013-02-20 5:49
Elles sont belles ces jeunes filles avec leurs habits traditionnels, par contre j'aurais aimé que tu puisses te mettre à leur hauteur, car le point de vue semble les écraser.
Nicou (126448) 2013-02-20 6:26
quel portrait de ces deux enfant merveilleux quel captage au vif dans l'action superbe ils sont très cou merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
danos (88923) 2013-02-20 8:38
nice reportage shot from the city with the two little and innocence girls to are so well presented especilay the older one with her sad to be spread on her face.I like the light and the colour management as the quality of the scene.
Bartleby (13552) 2013-02-20 9:10
a cool, colorful double portrait. I like how they seem to mind their own business, "unaware" of the photographer.
hidibyendu (871) 2013-02-20 22:23
Really, all the children looks innocent.
The composition is good. Color and contrast is good.
Graal (99174) 2013-02-20 23:59
nice two portraits of childrens here. Good shot and comment in note. Nice theme about the daily life also. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
mohammad_H (9588) 2013-02-21 2:40
Children with innocent faces and colorful costumes, stunning views Social issue and documentary Look good social relations
Fis2 (88087) 2013-02-21 3:33
Excellent reportorial shot!
Good frame and colors.
I like this daily life photo.
Have a nice evening.
josepmarin (57837) 2013-02-21 3:37
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
yes, you have caught cleverly the sad look of the little girl at the right side, and her little sister playing with you on the street.
But the vivid colors and the nice ornamentation of their costumes, the light and the shades, and the spontaneity of the scene, create a wonderful and vital composition.
pajaran (53749) 2013-02-21 9:19
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o selu i gospodjama, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na decu u nacionalnoj nosnji ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa deca i nacionalna nosnja.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Very good and interesting article about the village and Mrs, with the given data ...
Nice view of children in national costume ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Beautiful children and a national costume.
Good evening and all the best.
abmdsudi (44966) 2013-02-22 6:15
Nice infor notes to go along with this picture, a very intriguing visual representation with good overall effect. Their outfits' vivid colors draw attention in from such a good viewpoint and forces our eyes on them even though there's no direct eye contact. Credit to your superb exposure control, their facial features are well detailed with lovely shadows, indeed they make excellent photographic subject as shown. Charming full of tenderness, sweet and smooth faces. This is a lovely happy and feel-good picture. Well done,
holmertz (43293) 2013-02-24 8:30
This is a nice snapshot of two children seemingly indifferent to your camera, their minds being somewehere else. Only the woman at the back seems to be watching you. Especially the bigger girl is marvellously dressed. Unless she has dressed for some special occasion, which I doubt, it's incredible to see a small child looking like this on an ordinary day.
ChrisJ (101900) 2013-02-24 22:47
I might have cropped out the shadow bottom right but the colourful clothing of the children is certainly eyecatching. Good sharpness and pov. The angled bg wall has been well used in the composition. The bg woman in her yellow sari balances the compo too. Tfs!
maria-v1981 (10816) 2013-02-26 10:06
The beauty is noy only in the scene and in the beautiful girls but in the high quality of the image.
Have a nice evening,
sacavem (18614) 2013-03-02 10:32
Good photo of the daily life, good moment.
adores (39272) 2013-03-07 17:44
I remember the one in background from one of your previous shots. It's a good portrait! I like their costumes and all the earrings and bracelets they use. I also like their different behaviours - while the one on the right seems completely lost in her thoughts, the little one really looks interested - I like her expression:)!
ebingul (1928) 2013-03-10 12:35
Beautiful daily life capture of these beautiful little girls in their colourful local dresses.Good capture of the nice expressions on their faces.TFS and best regards.
COSTANTINO (57993) 2013-03-11 6:36
shot different from the usuals
amazing pov and framing,
one shot is one thousand words
have a nice evening
Bluejeans (64249) 2013-04-09 5:32
Um bom retracto vertical destas duas crianças , tem uns vestidos bem coloridos , bons detalhes , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
maloutim (9637) 2013-07-19 12:16
Lovely portrait of these two little girls from Gujarat !
Your note explains very well how they are dressed and wear jewellery from an early age.
Poor little sad girl !
Perhaps, she finds her jewellery too heavy?
Thanks for sharing this true-to-life portrait !
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56406)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Portraits from Kachchh
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-20 0:56