Shot it at Gajan fair.
Gajan a Shaivite folk festival, held on CHAITRA SANGKRANTI (the last day of Chaitra..according to eng calendar ,its in middle of april) and on full moon nights up to the full moon of Asadh. The festival is associated with various gods. There may thus be SHIVA's Gajan, the Gajan of DHARMA THAKUR, the Gajan of Nil etc. But the main object of this festival is to celebrate the marriage of the sun and the earth. The reason for this festival is perhaps to appease the sun and pray for rain during the hot, dry month of Chaitra.
The festival is arranged on the premises of Shiva temples. Those who take part in the festival after making vows are called sannyasi or bhaktya. They take sacrificial food and wear uturi (wrappers). Each one holds a staff. They try to satisfy the god through different acts of penance, such as piercing their tongues with nails, jumping upon thorns, walking on burning charcoal, etc. CHADAK PUJA is performed on the occasion of the Gajan festival. During this festival, processions are brought out from the premises of the temple of Shiva and taken to other villages. A pair of processionists take the roles of Shiva and Gauri and render dances. Other bhaktyas take the roles of Nandi, Bhrngi, ghosts and spirits, monsters and demons and dance along with Shiva and Gauri. During this time different verses are recited narrating the story of how Shiva's sleep was disturbed and going on to his marriage, his agricultural activities etc. This festival usually lasts for three days. During the gajan on Chaitra Samkranti, Kali dances are also performed in some places describing how the goddess slaughtered the monster Asura.
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wolf38 (30142) 2009-04-21 10:13
Hello Subir. Excellent. The photo is an aesthetic work of art. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Wanda1 (14922) 2009-04-21 10:15
Amazing shot from a superb angle and what wonderful colours too and pin sharp where it needs to be. I love everything about it!
Adrian_S (1173) 2009-04-21 10:22
Magnificent POV. It's simply amazing. Those eyes cand haunt! Not to speek about the colors.
All the best
marcinc (0) 2009-04-21 10:41
what I love about this photo is that you don't know where the girl starts and the man ends .. BRILLIANT!
scalerman (26900) 2009-04-21 11:33
Subir: another classic - once you've gotten this POV down - an entire new universe opens on your work. congrats. c
brandstaetter (15915) 2009-04-21 11:36
what a fabulous POV. You canīt get closer.
Good scene, good balance of the difficult light.
casperduppy (1590) 2009-04-21 11:37
Hi Subir, fine pov and an interesting capture of this colourful face painting in preparation for the festival. I like how the bright light hits his left hand highlighting the colours used. All the best, Casper
vincz (19099) 2009-04-21 12:33
Just fantastic, the colours, the light, the angle, the subject. Outstanding work.
Glint (6163) 2009-04-21 13:17
intersting and crteative POV. Light, colours and DOF are perfect.
vagabondtravels (6507) 2009-04-22 3:47
Great pov looking down and this artist completes his work.
Very sharp and great color. Excellent work.
yaya13baut (3344) 2009-04-22 11:17
great angle of view : we are at the place of the make-up artist. And this eye, looking at you.
A colorful picture, I like the paints on the artist's left arm.
Faros (12) 2009-04-22 23:01
A great shot, for sure !
Those eyes are magnetic,
delkoo (68) 2009-05-07 4:22
I definitely like your POV in this shot ... . The low light hasn't prevented you from getting rich colours and great sharpness.
martin_b (362) 2009-06-29 6:08
stunning closeup & excellent colors!!
- Copyright: SUBIR BASAK (photographer123) (6246)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D40X, 18-55mm, RAW
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/15 seconds
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