It’s been a while since I photographed for fun and I realise how much I miss it.
I’ve been trying to find the time to photograph kathak dancer, Aakash Odedra for quite some time now. It was a very very early start - 6am…November. It was freezing and Aakash was a great sport.
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An old image, from the vault…going through the mammoth task of organising old material. Going through eight years worth of photos is hard work and I realise how much work I still have to do…
Two days before the end of this amazing festival…Tonight really was a feast for the eyes. I have a splitting headache…sensory overload! The atmosphere was something else. I didn’t take too many photographs tonight…Instead, I was recording video to show how amazing the atmosphere was. I was being lazy and recorded without a tripod, so I think most of the footage is useless…lesson learned! I do, however confess to abandoning my equipment for half an hour to shake my thang, so video fiasco is not such a bother.
Navratri - Day 5:
I went very late today and was losing direction with what I wanted to achieve today. Also, I realised that most people at this hall are residents of India, studying, etc. Interesting, but moving away from my theme a bit.
Navratri - Day 3:
Today’s I wanted to look at fashion and style. Three out of the four people that I photographed today were born in the UK. The lady in the last image was born in Baroda, India.
Navratri - Day 2:
Still at the Valand (Hairdresser Caste) community hall.
It is believed that a specific colour should be worn for each day of navratri. Today, it should have been ORANGE, though not many people know this…I had been wondering why so many women wear what is called “Bandhani” (tie dye). Bandhani often comes in multicoloured patterns - I was told that many women prefer this so they do not get the colours wrong.
Navratri (Durga puja or Maha) is also a tribute to the feminine power. Each day holds a unique significance and is dedicated to the qualities of the female form.
Day 1- Saraswaty -Represents Knowledge
Day 2 - Parvaty – Represents Motherhood
Day 3 - Gowrie – Represents Love
Day 4 - Rudrani – Represents Home Care
Day 5 - Radha – Represents Pleasure
Day 6 - Shakti – Represents Power
Day 7 - Ganga – Represents Emotion & Purity
Day 8 - Laxmi – Represents Wealth
Day 9 - Mahakali – Represents Destruction Of All Evil
Navratri Festival - Day 1:
Nav = 9. Ratri = Nights.
This is my favourite festival of the year…Hindus, young and old gather in community halls, temples and elaborate public venues, to dance the night away. It is worth mentioning, that no alcohol is consumed on the premises and the atmosphere is spectacular, relaxed and SO much fun!
I hope to go all nine nights, to different venues. This night was a stone’s throne from my home, the Krishna Avanti school. However, this is the Valand community hall. Traditionally, Valand is a caste of hair-cutters. Each community endeavours to own their own hall, to encourage traditions (these vary) to continue. Funding for these spaces are often donated by the community.
BACKGROUND ABOUT NAVRATRI.
Navratri lasts for nine whole days. However, each day has a special significance and is celebrated separately. Navrati is also a tribute to the feminine power.
It is believed that a specific colour should be worn for each day of navratri. Here are the nine colours for 2013.
One from the vault. Pre-wedding celebrations at the bride-to be’s home. A very large family (80+) have gathered for this occasion.