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. They also wear white bangles from their elbow right covering their upper arm.
Even in a normal day, the ladies of the house wear these elaborate 'jewellery' and dress in fine bright saris, even while performing daily chores..."Decked Up"
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subhendu_bagchi (25814) 2013-06-24 1:36
nice daily life photography dada. Light is a bit harsh and tough to control, but you managed is reasonably well... Bhalo chhobi with the hugely ornamented local lady. Thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-06-24 2:16
un bel ritratto che colpisce per la particolarità del soggetto, colto nella naturalezza delle sue attività.
La composizione appare perfetta ed il particolare abbigliamento del soggetto, soprattutto la infinita serie di bracciali, aggiunge ulteriore fascino allo scatto.
Bella anche l'espressione che hai colto sul viso della donna ritratta.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
rigoletto (34269) 2013-06-24 3:21
the colors of india are there with all their humble glory, and the most amazing thing is to see those colors are there even in the most unexpected moment of daily life. i mean, it is not a ceremony, but only a moment of laundry, still the lady wears all the colors possible in this world. i read your note and saw that you were even amazed with this. everybody knows that india could be and perhaps is the most colorful country in the world. i just wonder why is that so. the answer is maybe written in long books about indian culture and history :)
holmertz (41707) 2013-06-24 3:23
This dress and the "jewellery" may be uncomfortable but it is truly magnificent and impressive. Taking photos in India wuld be less fun without the colourful women. The picture gains some action from the way the woman is looking to her right, slightly upwards. As so often the light seems to have been difficult but you have smoothened the harsh contrasts very cleverly.
jhm (139972) 2013-06-24 4:04
Thank you very much for your visit to my picture about Tournai.
Your daily life picture is very well made.
I like the clothing and the much adornment of the arm of the young lady.
Composition and generally image is very well done. TFS.
Have a nice new workweek,
Sergiom (61054) 2013-06-24 5:00
J'aime beaucoup ce portrait. La dame dans ses vêtements originaux très colorés montre bien la vie quotidienne des dames dans cette région du monde. Pas toujours facile de faire le lavage dans ces conditions.
yquem46 (38742) 2013-06-24 5:48
Not so easy to get to these villages north of Bhuj to visit the ethnical tribes, but well worth then trip
A good one here of this woman in her typical clothes
Let's return there
pierrefonds (57471) 2013-06-24 5:51
You have captured the suprised or questionning expression of the woman. The point of view is showing the details and colours of her clothings. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
timecapturer (49280) 2013-06-24 5:51
a stunning study this. Full of character and bright colours but it is your composition and flawless execution that make this so captivating and an image of stand out quality. Magnificent!
Have a good week - Brian.
Nicou (123172) 2013-06-24 7:39
quelle scène et iamge quel personnage sueprbe cpatage et vue emrvielleuse compo et iamge de cette dame en train de faire la cuisine avec son voile jaune.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (76850) 2013-06-24 22:48
Excellente photo de la vie de tous les jours de ce village. Les couleurs des habits et des bijoux de cette femme sont vraiment très attractives.
danos (87451) 2013-06-24 23:10
nice hte view of the lady with her lot colourful daily cChores to make her looks so proudly aboeut them.I like the clarity as the good reportage shot from the city.
papagolf21 (86730) 2013-06-24 23:31
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Encore une proposition de portrait très réussie. Nous sommes au coeur de l'action à travers cette composition.
La réussite est bien présente.
Très bonne journée.
mohammad_H (9464) 2013-06-25 0:58
Very comprehensive and fascinating portrait of the life and business of the people, something that is much concern however, building wooden garden fence in remote villages in Iran is done excellent work Good luck
have a nice day
Urs (14082) 2013-06-25 2:48
I like her look, it must not been you, but she saw something. Thanks to your excellent light management the colours of her sari are very vibrant and clear. Fine details also in the shadows. Well done
dkmurphys (50006) 2013-06-25 3:16
Very attractive colors and a fine presentation of this scene. Well observed!
pajaran (52578) 2013-06-25 4:54
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na gospodju koja pere ves sa mnogo nakita ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana gospodja sa mnogo nakita.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice view of the lady who washes weight with a lot of jewelry ...
Good work, beautiful lady demonstrated a lot of jewelery.
All the best.
Fis2 (86247) 2013-06-25 5:30
Next interesting reportorial shot!
I like this daily life shot.
Good frame, colors and light.
Graal (97813) 2013-06-25 8:38
nice portrait and interesting scene from daily life in village. Beautiful colorful clothes and decorative jewelry. Well note and photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
Didi (57256) 2013-06-25 10:38
Very nice local scene with nice colours
The side lateral lights give a 3D effect
macjake (57074) 2013-06-25 12:50
I can only imagine the amount of photo opportunities in a country like India, especially of the colorful attire that the women wear - this is the perfect example.
a fine cultural photo for TE, adding a class and level of sophistication to our gallery :)
so much to look at in this tiny package.
well chosen subject
kordinator (18462) 2013-06-25 14:53
You are a master of portraits.
Fantastic facial expression of this woman.
Fantastic colors of the image.
abmdsudi (43714) 2013-06-26 22:22
Superb close up of a woman doing her daily chores as the beautiful bright colourful sari pops out against the sunlight and the setting and this draws attention straightaway. The balance is right and unobtrusive which gives her facial feature a more substantial feel under shade while allowing more space for her suprise looking eye to glance through. You have preserved the atmosphere and mood very well, a picture showing glimpse into the daily life here well detailed and the way everything pulls together with the colour/tones and vibrant. Great capture! Congrats
adidas5nb (5409) 2013-06-27 18:36
great colorful shot throwing light into rural gujrat.love the pov and the side light.like the number of elements and details you have included.
josepmarin (57801) 2013-06-29 11:32
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a fantastic capture of the daily life in this composition, a nice portrait of the lady in her daily chores, with a colorful costume.
I like the beautiful colors and the great sharpness of the image.
A nice work.
PS: My activity in the site is a bit low the last weeks, because I'm very busy in my job. Thanks for your interest.
adores (37525) 2013-07-09 16:35
These villages are really amazing! I like her pose, the jewellery and colourful clothes - seems the visitors were really getting her attention:)! Even the background is interesting, with the clothes hanging on the fence.
dip (23632) 2013-07-17 14:35
I also have some time to visit your gallery Angshu,and I must say I can see many beautiful pictures of you,like this one,
very well captured,and informative note as well!
maloutim (9637) 2013-07-19 12:57
And here is the mother dressed like a princess, although she is living and working a very simple, kind of primitive life ! Amazing the amount of efficient work they can do with all that jewellery !
Even the sari would bother me in my movements !
But they wear it all so graciously !
Thanks for these beautiful everyday portraits.
aloyho (6798) 2013-08-10 6:40
As you mentioned in your note this should be a daily occurence and you must be quite used to this scene but the opportunity to sharpen ones photographic skills is hard to resist as there is so much technical aspects to consider here. The lighting is tricky and the mood ever changing. I particularly like the way you handled the back lighting as seen from the sari just above her shoulders where it is beautifully lit from the back while her face is in good control. Great shot here!!!
Have a great weekend. Regards.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55892)
- 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, 1/40 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Portraits from Kachchh
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-24 0:29