India celebrated the Hindu festival "Janmashtami" yesterday, marking the birth of arguably India’s most loved God Lord Krishna also known as Govinda, with much pomp and splendour. The birth of Krishna is in itself a transcendental phenomenon that generates awe among the Hindus and overwhelms one and all with its supra mundane happenings.
The Janmashtami celebration of Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Sri Krishna had spent his life, are very special. On this day, temples and homes are wonderfully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious mantras are sung in the temples. In other places, the day is celebrated with dramatic play Ras Lila and Dahi Handi.
Dahi Handi marks the mischievous and playful behaviour of Lord Krishna. According to Hindu mythology, Krishna along with his friends, known as govindas, formed a human pyramid to break an earthen pot filled with butter hanging from an elevated rope. Amid chants of “Govinda ala re” (Govinda is coming), Mumbaikars celebrated the ‘dahi hand i’ on Janmashtami day. The ‘Govindas’ form human pyramids and stand on top of one another, attempting to break clay pots filled with butter or curd tied to ropes even as their efforts were thwarted by water splashed on them by those gathered around. Hundreds of ‘ Govinda mandals (groups)’ participate in the festival at various places in the metropolis where human pyramids were formed to reach the pots and win cash prizes. The festival is inspired by the mythological tale of Lord Krishna’s boyhood trick of stealing butter from a suspended earthen pot.
If you are wondering what’s going on in the picture, you can check the Workshop to see a Govinda pyramid in formation.
Epilogue : Notwithstanding the fact that every year, there are accidents when the human pyramid collapses & the govindas fall down either to death or incur serious injuries....enthusiasm to create higher & higher pyramids grows unabated.
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pierrefonds (61884) 2013-08-30 4:31
The dark frame is putting the acrobats in evidence. The point of view is showing thheir action and the details and colours of their clothings. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colours. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (70578) 2013-08-30 4:34
Une très belle contre plongée qui donne encore plus l'impression du danger qui guette le jeune homme au sommet de la pyramide.J'aime les couleurs qui ressortent bien malgré le contre jour.
jhm (146590) 2013-08-30 4:41
You was exactly on the just moment on the just place.
This is indeed a acrobatic moment, the bird comes almost out of the hand.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
sdnpicz (195) 2013-08-30 7:00
Superb capture! Great composition, color and light management. and that bird just near the boy's hand is a bonus. Those art on the man man's hand. You placed everything perfectly. Did you do some editing after taking a raw. Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (25991) 2013-08-30 8:17
dear dada, a nice moment from the auspicious day. Great composition. Probably I saw a picture like this may be 4 years ago here. Anyway, the vertical presentation is nice. Nice light. You are lucky to get such heavy and dark sky at top that enables you to shot such shot without a blown out sky. Darun chhobi. Khub sundor composition. Tfs.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-08-30 10:39
complimenti per questo splendido scatto, che colpisce per la particolare ed originale composizione che risulta essere non solo di grande effetto, ma permette di evidenziare l'azione dei soggetti ripresi.
Piacevoli anche i colori.
Uno scatto molto ben eseguito e meritevole di essere lodato nella sua particolare bellezza.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
holmertz (47084) 2013-08-30 11:14
While the ws photo shows us more clearly what is going on, you found a fascinating POV for this shot. I think the cloudy sky even improves the composition as we are watching from far below the top of the human pyramid, reaching for the sky. The diagonal wire with the garland is a fine detail and I really love the bird that happend to come flying by. One could imagine it has just been let loose from the hand streched out at the top.
This is a really lively and superb picture.
dip (23888) 2013-08-31 3:04
very nice capture of the scene!
I like the chosen viewing angle,
the bird is also a little but beautiful detail on the picture,
wolf38 (31284) 2013-08-31 21:57
Hello Angshuman. A beautiful and worth seeing photo. Original title. The bird flying past is a great addition that fits perfectly here.
bukitgolfb301 (38514) 2013-09-01 20:28
Hi NAMASTE dear Angshuman
Wow very intersting festival image, next time I should be there. Great low peeping angle setting! So well considered frmawork too. Sharp and clear image as usual as perfect.
Thanks a lot and have a good new week! Takero
danos (92568) 2013-09-01 22:50
charmy the snapshot with the human pyramid to be presented perfec with the flying bird to complete perfect the whole scenery.The WS give us an idea about the whole pyramid formation.
papagolf21 (93116) 2013-09-02 0:07
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Très belle présentation de cette tour humaine. Le choix du cadrage est parfait pour restituer ce moment étonnant.
Très bonne journée.
pajaran (56578) 2013-09-02 6:01
Vrlo interesantan tekst o festivalu, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak sa festivala.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting article about the festival, with the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful moment shown at the festival.
A beautiful moment.
All the best in the new week that started.
Nicou (133392) 2013-09-02 6:12
On dirait qu'il va attraper l'oiseau quel effet et image sueprbe vue et compo fantastique captage ce jeune qui monte sur les épaules avec le fil et les décorations superbes.
bravo et amitié
Fis2 (92139) 2013-09-02 7:58
Your photo is interesting.
Good reportage photo.
abmdsudi (48759) 2013-09-03 1:51
Very honest and positive record of the special event and as always great fun watching the young participants who are all enjoying themselves trying to accomplish the job up there. Their expression and such determination going into that and your shooting angle are my favourite, it's a fantastic image filled with lot of vivid colours & bit of humour too and it looks like a good time was had by all! Must be a wonderful festival, tx to the additional picture, I can only enjoy it through your excellent images. You have produced a vibrant documentary shot of their activities so vividly. My congrats
Graal (101108) 2013-09-03 4:47
very nice photo and attractive theme. Good photo work and comment in note. I like WS also. Unusual festival. Interesting reportage.
Have a nice day.
maloutim (9639) 2013-09-04 20:26
Great low-angle shot formed to recreate one of Krishna's activities !
What's so amazing in the shot is that the child seems to be aiming at the bird that happenend to be flying by just at that time ! What a capture !
I don't suppose he caught the bird :-) But did he manage to break the clay-pot ?
I also note the skill of these people and child forming the pyramid + the life-jacket worn by the child in case of an accident.
Thanks for sharing.
ChrisJ (107129) 2013-09-11 10:57
The bg decorations resemble a caterpillar. Good sharpness and a nice warm vs cold colour contrast between the blue and orange. Fantastic sharpness and a good capture of the celebration of this festival. The bird is well positioned in the frame. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (61407) 2013-10-20 23:12
I visited your gallery and I chose this
shot because of its title
but looking at this shot carefully
the cloudy sky gives a nice
contrast and draws our eyes
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56740)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-14
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 18 - 55mm / f 3.5 - 5.6, RAW, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-30 1:37