Asian mela in Glasgow is an annual event and this year there were Rajasthani music band from Jaipur. This is the special turban worn in Rajasthan which is very colourful and the background shows the typical art work in cotton sheets. He also had a wonderful moustache.
The turbans of Rajasthan are the most colourful and impressive in whole of the India. The use of turbans was basically started by the Rajput community, who reside in the Indian state of Rajasthan. They used to wear distinct turbans and the Hindi pronouncation of turban is Paag, Safa or Pagri. Once you experience the royal culture of Rajasthan, you will be amazed with the variations of colourful turbans.
It is said that the style of the turban changes with every 15 km you travel within the geographical boundaries of Rajasthan. In some parts of the region, the size of turban indicates the position of the person in the society they live.
Turbans add brilliant splash of colour and style to monotonous and barren lands. Each colour has its own importance and significance like Ochre is the colour of the mendicant, while the saffron is commonly worn at the time of weddings. In the medieval past, the colour saffron also denoted valour and chivalry. When besieged by an enemy, and food and water supplies were scanty, desperate warriors wearing saffron turbans would sneak out of their citadels to lead sudden surprise attacks on the enemy.
Turbans of specified colours are worn to mark periods of mourning. A white turban is worn for funeral processions by immediate family members. Whereas the khaki, blue and dark maroon are reserved for the solemnity of a condolence visit. Whereas in Rajasthan each caste have their own distinguishing colours, by which they are recognised, like shepherds wear red turbans, Bishnois, who are known as the most nomadic shepherd tribes and environmental conservationists, always wear white turbans and the other tribal communities wear printed turbans.
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CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-06-24 18:54
This is a wonderful portrait. I like the colours and clarity as well as the facial expression.
mmohan (744) 2012-07-22 4:30
I must have missed this one you posted. The colours and your composition are great. A pity the light wasn't better, so we can't see his eyes very well.
tyro (25710) 2012-07-22 13:02
What a wonderfully interesting note you have given us, particularly about turbans and all the different colours of them and their various significances. I had stupidly thought that turbans were only worn by Sikhs, but this man is clearly not a Sikh - he has a fabulous bushy moustache but the rest of his face is shaven!
And this is a very fine portrait indeed. He looks a very happy man and I suspect that you had been talking to him for a while and that he was more than agreeable for you to take his photograph. The colours are amazing and vibrant - not just of his turban, but also the backround. Perfect exposure too and stunning details and sharpness - especially in that magnificent moustache!
But perhaps it's just a little shame that his eyes are in shade - we don't usually see sunshine like this in Glasgow (!) - but you have caught a fine "catchlight" in his left eye which is lovely.
avigur_11 (22099) 2012-10-11 22:17
Rajasthani turban and Rajasthani moustach, in a very colorful and interesting portrait. Very well taken, Arun, my compliments.