Giving away the hand of the bride in wedding.
The wedding series (I II ) III
Note added by pinakieslg
It is a part of the Bengali marriage ritual where normally an elderly male member of the bride’s family (someone else other than the father) hands over the bride to the groom and symbolically places the hand of the bride to that of the groom and are bound by the sacred thread amidst recital of Vedic chants and are placed on the mangal ghot - a brass pitcher filled with water that is covered with mango leaves attached to one twig and a green coconut placed on it.
Literary Sampradan means Giving away the bride, the brides family hands over the bride to the groom and henceforth the bride’s family has no duties and responsibilities towards the bride. All her responsibilities have to be looked upon by the groom.
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pinakie_slg (861) 2007-03-20 22:32
Thanks and Congrats Durba, for selecting a subject thats so interesting in our marriage.
a more elaborate note is invited for the non-bengalis.
its very tough to go on with this photography as the crowd is always there and the rituals pass by very fast and as usual light for photography in bengali wedding is always a constrain, inspite of all those difficulties i see the composition as a great one. the purohit giving away the hand to the groom who is invisible to us and is in the dark in the frame, the contrast between the red benarasi and the yellow namaboli created the point of interest. Especially the eyes of the bride completes the story that Durba started with her lens.
arghyagoswami (77) 2007-03-22 12:05
this is a great capture. Especially the expression on the girl's face. I loved the shadows and the light.
thanks for sharing this.
prantik (1136) 2007-03-22 19:05
I am in dilemma here. I can't say what exactly it is but something about the picture really looks awkward and ineffective to me. At the same time, I like it. I like the light, like the way you framed the bride and the priest and the moment of "Sampradan". If you pulled back a little and showed the back of the groom and didn't cut the bride's skull off, it could have been more effective IMO. Her detached upward glance at the most crucial moment of the ceremony would have added some drama. So there.
coco (30437) 2007-08-04 6:49
Excellent moment and capture. I love her spare and the movement of her hands.
avis2avis (4264) 2007-11-16 0:31
Lovely mood and lighting. I really liked this one.
royleera (0) 2009-08-07 22:58
This is such awesome work.. I wish.. you could take some photographs of my wedding and make it look so magical... and humane.