Pictured here is a 'Panchayat' in session in Roghi village of Kinnaur District in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The word 'Panchayat' literally means an assembly of five wise men of the village or small town looking after the welfare and development of the area. It is headed by generally the senior most person called the 'Sarpanch'. Previously they were selected by the village people, but now elections by secret ballot is held every 5 years to elect them. They look after the welfare and development of the area, implement various govt. schemes, settle petty disputes etc. It is the lowest level of local self-government institution in India.
As I was walking through the village I saw these group of people in traditional attire assembled over a roof top. I found it photogenic and clicked a few shots, did not know that a Panchayat session is going on then. As I was doing that the group turned towards me and asked me not to take photos. They called me and explained me about the Panchayat session. I soon apologised and did not take any more photos. But they were very polite and invited me to watch over the proceedings and offered me tea. It was great for me to get a real ring side view of the local life and culture. The green and orange cap is an essential part of Kinnauri attire, I have seen both men and women wearing it. I liked this photo because of various facial expressions I was able to capture on the group.
Hope you like it.
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subhendu_bagchi (25509) 2014-01-28 1:10
excellent group photograph with the senior local people. Excellent composition though I am not satisfied with the processing. But, despite of it, I like your presentation. Low angle capture create a nice sense of depth in it. Very good one, nicely spotted. Tfs.
Nicou (119507) 2014-01-28 1:18
quelle scèene et vue sueprbe tous ces hommes sur ce toit un grande réunion sur le toit très original et sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
Apurba20 (984) 2014-01-28 3:25
Subho, these people are sure telling you something. So expressive. Wonderful panchayat photo!
jurek1951 (41382) 2014-01-28 3:29
interesting scene. Great lighting, pose and general composition,the wide angle is beautiful here. It's a nice group portrait.
snunney (81849) 2014-01-28 4:10
A fine capture of this panel of wise men in the midst of their deliberations. I like the point of view looking toward the corner of the table and the use of the letterbox format, which is very conducive to the subject. Very good technical presentation. Together with your informative note, this makes a fine contribution towards the stated aims of TE.
adidas5nb (4971) 2014-01-28 4:10
nice pov and a daily life frame from an exotic land.love the men looking at the camera and their green hats.
pajaran (50518) 2014-01-28 4:47
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na ljude i tradicionalnoj nosnji ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting and good text ...
Nice view of the people and the traditional costumes ...
Good footage and contrast nicely shown the place and moment, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2014-01-28 5:04
This is an excellent shot, and your note explaining what we see makes it so much more as well. The expressions and placement of the men around the table is perfect for this photo and there is something about the colors and location that makes this feel very timeless. Very nicely done.
All the best
timecapturer (47486) 2014-01-28 5:15
fascinating study this. The characters and expressions here are just wonderful, with a really friendly ambience about them. An original and compelling shot that works beautifully. Well done!
Fis2 (83990) 2014-01-28 5:55
good reportage shot.
I like frame and colors.
mrichat (1683) 2014-01-28 8:25
Nice capture of traditional hang out moments of seniors being a group and have time pass.very commonly seen picture in rural side of india in every state. But they have their own style and colors.
Here all the men are looking at your lens.Good presentation.
Thanks for sharing.
dekanski (2894) 2014-01-28 8:31
Just - GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!!
Simple and Impressive!
Silvio1953 (119639) 2014-01-28 11:18
Ciao Subho, lovely composition with woman a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (21657) 2014-01-28 13:08
Excellent note about this local self-government institution. Is this the case all over India?
And an excellent daily life-picture accompanying it.
Also interesting is the glimpse we get of the houses and the roofs.
Best regards, Paul
mcmtanyel (12029) 2014-01-28 21:07
The colors are great, the composition is excellent. Something about the postprocessing has turned some of the faces almost cartoonish, though. If that is the effect you meant to achieve, that's fine.
rychem (21699) 2014-01-28 21:56
Great scene, you have documented perfectly the daily life of a local community, very nice photo with perfect light and details
Wanda1 (14980) 2014-01-29 2:17
This is a scene that we are not likely to see often, it is an interesting documentary of a way of life that is still going on probably in the same for many many years and passed down. You were lucky to be able to be part of the proceedings.I like your low angle so that we can see that they are in an elevated position and great that you managed to get the whole group into your composition.
delpeoples (52929) 2014-01-29 3:50
Namaskar dear Subho
Ahh this is so sweet. I love this photo, each and everyone of those old guys has a face that tells a history and shows us their personality. The image is beautifully defined and saturated. Excellent light and what a wonderful decisive moment you captured so expertly.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
abmdsudi (41998) 2014-01-29 5:14
Thks to your narratives, obviously the low view point is great that the focus is on the wise men, an informal capture- and the different facial expressions are fascinating with almost all are looking at the camera but they have something in common - the hat. It's full of life's rich variety and lots to look at individually, detail and colour are spot on although lighting I feel a bit harsh, nevertheless it's well shot and tfs.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-29 8:21
So you created a stir over there Subho, all of them watching you. And that is the beauty of this shot. So many people facing the camera seriously is very rare.
Great moment captured. Pov, colors and clarity very nice. I like your crop also, it helped concentrating on the Panchayat.
Wonderful frame. Tfs.
Cricri (104461) 2014-01-29 10:50
Intéressante et sympathique note, belle prise du groupe les regards plutôt sympathique tourner vers vous, bonne lumière et détails, bon cadrage aussi
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-01-29 23:07
Excellent group photo of the wise men from the picturesque district of Kinnaur.I hope to be there in the last week of may this year.Good sharpness and lights.Keep sharing.TFS.
Waylim (25182) 2014-01-30 18:42
It's a man's world here. A very nice shot to show the assembly in progress. No fancy meeting room, right out in the open, but the traditional clothes and hat makes it more official and more rich in culture for me.
Really good image and a good note explaining the occasion. Otherwise I would have no clue what they are doing.
Miguel82 (22431) 2014-02-10 5:58
Subho, this is a wonderful and authentic capture of Kinnaur population, a special hat green and orange, they look peaceful and calm, all the best, have a good start of week
pierrefonds (56104) 2014-02-12 17:41
You have captured well the serious expression the the Wise old men. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of their clothings. It is clear and sharp. Have a nice day.
jcpix (13404) 2014-02-26 18:44
Your note beautifully narrates this scene, the expressions you've captured are an immense part of the attraction and intrigue into this shot. From a selfish point of view as someone who is seeing this from far away, I'm glad you were able to obtain this result before being asked to not take any other pictures. With all due respect to these gentlemen and culture, this is great to see something which is informative and learned to us foreigners. :) Glad to know they honored your presence as well to have been invited for tea and watch over the proceedings. A wonderful insiders look at local tradition! Have a great day ahead. All the best.