Holi

Holi, a traditional Hindu festival which celebrates the beginning of spring, and to celebrate the win of good over evil. It is well known around the world for the color powder that people throw on each other faces and hug each other, leaving every people coated in various colors by the end of the day.

Although the festival originated in India and is still widely celebrated there as a religious festival, it has been adopted in many places around the world.

This year I went to Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is really connected with the Yamuna express high way and Mathura road national highway as well from Delhi. It took me three hours to reach from Delhi to Vrindavan. Travelers came from overseas to witness the grand Holi celebration in Bank-e-Bihari temple of Vrindavan. Becuase, for God, Colors, and happiness – there are no borders. It is the site where according to Hinduism, Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. The town hosts many temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by Vaishnavism. Becuase of God, Colors, and happiness – there are no borders. No one asked me there, which part of India I belong to? What religion I have, or either I am black, white or brown. Because everyone was full of colors and no one actually cared. It was all about culture, happiness, and life.IMG_4955IMG_4957-3IMG_4966-3IMG_4987IMG_5369IMG_5188IMG_4868-2

 

Once some said to me,  Whatever in front of you and if your eyes are enjoying that moment in your life, try to capture that beauty which your eyes are feeling at that moment.  Fortunately, I met so many photographers over there. who came to shot that moment. It feels like everyone has their own medium in their life to celebrate.

 

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Krishna and Flute


 

It is said the only two things were beloved to Krishna more than anything, and these things were soulfully connected to each other- his flute and his Radha.It was his flute’s soulful tune that impressed Radha and attracted her towards him and Radha was the reason that Krishna had his flute always on him.Even though, Krishna and Radha remained afar due to several circumstances, but his flute held them together. It was his flute that let out melodious tunes that enchanted everyone around.All his adolescence, he’s depicted with a flute, that symbolized his love for Radha, who he could never marry; even though he was married to 8 chief consorts and 16,000 gopis.When Krishna took the divine decision to move out of Vrindavan and head back to Mathura, his beloved Radha was married off to a commoner of Yadava clan.As he could not be reunited with Radha, Krishna held dearly onto his flute, which was symbolical.While Radha fulfilled her moral responsibilities as a wife, Krishna fulfilled his divine responsibilities. All her life, she was spiritually connected to Krishna through his flute.When she reached Dwarka, Radha heard about Krishna’s marriage and she reached there, Radha decided to stay in palace as a maid. As a last wish of her life, Krishna continued to play flute until Radha divinely merged in Krishna.

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Food

Think twice before wasting FOOD.

We are often asked to not waste. We also asked to think about hungry kids who are sharing to death every day. But do we ever stuff ourselves more, Just because we are thinking about them? India produces enough food to feed the entire country every day, but not everyone can afford like we do. Such luxuries do not come easy.

INDIANS waste as much food as the whole of United Kingdom consumes – a statistic that may not so much indicative of our love of surfeit, as it is of our population. Still, food wastage is an alarming issue in India. Our street and garbage bins, landfills have sufficient proof to prove it.  Weddings, canteens, hotels, social and family functions, households spew out so much food.  According to the United Nations Development Program, up to 40% of the food produced in India is wasted. About 21 million tons of wheat is wasted in India and 50% of all food across the world meets the same fate and never reaches the needy. In fact, according to the agriculture ministry, Rs. 50,000 crore worth of food produced is wasted every year in the country. while traveling to Jharkhand in India, there is a village where I saw each and every human being is fighting for the basic need – food.

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तस्वीर

Emotions and feeling play a very important part in our lives. These emotions are so powerful that sometimes they shape out the entire character of an individual.

This black and white series depicting the relation of humans with Emotions were shot in Orissa, India as a part of a tribal culture documentation project, throughout the first half of 2017.

IMMORTAL CONFIDENCE


Human with emotion:  Amar Singh ( Literal translation The Immortal )

Amar Baba was a wizard with the painting brush as his magic stick. he was one of the positive persons I have encountered on this journey and his passion and profession were in the Indian Cinema. He has been working with Bollywood style art for around 50 years and has the profound knowledge of 100 years in Bollywood History. Amar Baba is remarkably enthusiast artist and a very humble human being. To him even if he is 67 years old and knows that he has to die one day, his art will live on to be immortal, Just like his name.

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HAPPINESS


Human with Emotion: Munniya Devi

On one of my photo-walks through a village Gridh in Orissa, India. I met Munniya Devi, because of the poor economic structure of her family, being able to afford anything other than basic food, is a luxury. but she wanted to surprise her grandchildren with a nice meal. so she worked extra for four days to earn money. when I came to her, she was radiating happiness over a small achievement. she had prepared a meal with chicken and sweets on the menu and eagerly waiting for her children to get back, for whom a meal like this would be an amazing source of happiness. After this encounter I realized, happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are, it solely relies on what you think.

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ARROGANCE


Human with Emotion: Pyari Devi

In a conversation with Jaibeer Singh, he confessed to having been very arrogant throughout his life. The hunger for power and the urge of controlling people drove him to a strong profession early in his life. He got into the business of supplying guns to the guerrilla forces in the jungles of Jharkhand and Orissa and enjoyed doing it for years. But then he got caught and jailed for 5 years. One of his 7 daughters also tried to commit suicide and everything was on his mind. He decided to leave the anti-social life and come back to the civilized society. He had been living a peaceful life with his daughter since then.

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Human with Emotion: Pyari Devi

A human stuck in time, a woman stuck in love,  Devi was a lone soul. She was incapable of having children and bound by social responsibilities her husband had to leave her and remarry somewhere else and now he had a family with a wife and 5 children. Pyari Devi believes that he still loves her and he must not able to come to her because he must be stuck with all his responsibilities. She says that she can constantly feel the love they have for each other and she knows one day he will definitely come back to see her.

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LONELINESS


Human with emotion: Ram Dulari

I got married at the age of 15 and started my married life happily. After that, over a period I had 5 children. I lost all my children when there was mass disease spread all over in my village in past years.  In my daily life, mostly I am busy in my household activities. My husband works in a brick-making company for the living and mostly he is busy over there only. Sometimes I feel so lonely that I started talking to walls only. After a long time, I talked to someone for so long and I am feeling so good. we had a long three hours conversation. I always wonder how God made us, how can tears and happiness belong to a same string of time.

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SIMPLICITY


Human with Emotion: Saadhu Singh

Sometimes my own family and friends make fun of me for being a homemaker. I personally love to cook for my wife and children, and I manage all the house while my wife seels vegetable in the market.

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MODESTY


लज्जा _ True JEWEL

Human with Emotion: Meera Devi

To look beautiful in your life, you do not need to have expensive jewelry or Diamond in your life. That can help you to look beautiful only from the outside. I met This lovely and beautiful lady in Jharkhand.

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INNOCENCE


Human with emotion: Baahubali Mahato

He was 4.5kg born. So his mother decided to name him on a very famous character from Bollywood movie, Bahubali.

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