Caught in Act, Street Photography Jaipur.

After the day’s hard work this guy was washing his face and I was on the hunt. Capturing these kind of moments – emotions is also one of the reasons why I love street photography. I took this shot at Johri Bazar, Jaipur.

अद्रिशय गठरी।

कल में बहुत ही आसान सोच के साथ शहर में फोटोग्राफी करने निकला था। मगर जैसे ही मैंने एक दिन भर के थके - हारे मजदूर को अपने बोझे की गठरी कंधे पे लादे घर की और वापस जाते देखा मेरी सारी आसान सोच मुशकिल बन गयी। सबसे पहले तो मैंने उस मजदूर के बजाये उसकी परछाई की तस्वीर ली। बात इत्निसी हे की अब ये परछाई किसी की भी हो सकती हे शायद मेरी भी। मगर ये जो बोझ की गठरी मेरी परछाई में दिख रही हे वो मुझे आईने में तो नहीं दिखती मगर महसूस हर पल होती है। जो गठरी मुझे दिख नहीं रही सिर्फ महसूस हो रही हे उस गठरी में भरा क्या हे ये जानना तो अब बहुत ही आवश्यक हो चूका है। मैंने धुंए का एक लम्बा काश लिया और उस अद्रिशय गठरी को कंधे से उतार कर सामने रखा। धीरे से उस गठरी को खोला और हाथ अन्दर डालने ही वाला था के याद आया की गाडी की चाबी तो मैं गाड़ी में ही लगी छोड़ आया। मैंने खट से गठरी बांधी कंधे पे डाली और गाड़ी से चाबी लेने चल दिया।

सर्दी की बेरंग रात।

Street life at night in Jaipur
मैं पिछले कुछ दिनों से कुछ कामों में कुछ नाकामों में व्यस्त था, इस लिए रात्रि छायाचित्र टहल के लिए भी समय नहीं निकाल पाया। किन्तु परंतु किन्तु कल रात वक़्त निकल ही आया और मैं भी अपनी प्रतिबिम्बि लेने की पेटी ले के पुराने शहर की तरफ निकल पड़ा।

रात थोड़ी सर्द तो पहले से थी और मैंने सोचा जब तक मैं शहर पहुंचूंगा सर्दी थोड़ी और सर चढ़ जाएगी। ऐसे में खुले आसमां के निचे सोने वाले दिन भर के थके हारे लोग अलाव जला कर सोने की तइयारी कर रहे होंगे। इस सब को अपनी प्रतिबिम्ब लेने की पेटी में कैद करने में अलग ही आनंद आएगा। मगर जब मैं शहर पहुंचा तो मेरा दिल ही टूट गया।

पहला: शायद खुले आसमां के निचे सोने वालों के लिए इतनी ठंड नहीं आई थी की उनको अलाव की जरुरत पड़ती।

दूसरा: हमारे जयपुर शहर में पिछले कुछ दिनों मे विकास के नाम पे सरकार ने पथ पे जलने वाले बेडौल से मोटे प्रकाशपुंजों को, जो की आधी अधूरी सी पीली कुछ नारंगी सी रौशनी देते थे, जिन्हें सर्दी की धुंद भरी रातों में देख कर कुछ गर्मी का अहसास भी होता था। को नयी पतली सुडोल प्रकाश उत्सर्जक डायोड प्रकाशपुंजियों से बदल दिया है। जो की बिजली भी बचाती हे और रोशनी भी जयादा देती है। मगर इन सफ़ेद चमकदार प्रकाशपुंजियों ने मुझ जैसे छायाकार की जिंदगी से सर्दी की रातों के वो गर्म पीले रंग छिन लिए हें जिन्हें मैं मेरी प्रतिबिम्ब लेने की पेटी में कैद करने के लिए रातों को भटकता रहता था।

कवि गोष्ठी, जयपुर


किशोरा अवस्था के दिनों में मुख्यतः सोच बागी ख्यालो से भरी रहती है और शायद समाज ने ऐसे ही बागियों को काबू में रखने के लिए ऐसा माहौल बना रखा है, जिस में लगता है की अगर आपने शराब पीना शुरू कर दिया तो बस आप असली बागी बनने की राह पर निकल पड़े।
मुझे पता नहीं हिंदुस्तान की आजादी से पहले हिन्दू मुस्लिम फसाद होते भी थे क्या और ना ही ये कभी जानने की कोशिश की। मगर बटवारे के वक़्त और उसके बाद के हिन्दू मुस्लिम फसादों की कई कहानियां नाना नानी से सुनी थी और होश आते आते अखबारों और समाचारों के ज़रिये भी काफी कुछ देख लिया था। ऐसे में कोई ऐसी किताब जिस में मजहब से बड़ी मदिरा और मंदिर-मस्जिद से बड़ा मदिरालय का चित्रण किया गया हो तो बहुत ही क्रन्तिकारी सोच लगती है। मधुशाला ऐसी ही एक कविताओं की किताब थी जो की हरिवंश राय बच्चन ने लिखी थी।
असली वाला बागी बनने के लिए कभी कभी शराब तो हमने पीना शुरू कर ही दिया था और उस वक़्त ऐसी किताब हाथ लग गयी तो बस मैं तो असली वाला बागी बनने की राह पे निकल ही लिया था। खैर शराब पीने से मैं असली वाला बागी बन पाया के नहीं ये तो पता नहीं पर नींद अच्छी आ जाती थी।
कल बहुत सालों बाद अचानक से सुबह ध्यान आया की आज तो हरिवंश राय बच्चन जी का जन्मदिन है। और हमने भी पुराने दिनों को याद करते हुए यह सोचा की शाम को उनका जन्मदिन शराब के साथ मनना तो एक दम आवश्यक है। वैसे एक बार मेरे नानाजी ने मुझे कहा था की हरिवंश राय बच्चन ने कभी शराब नहीं पी मगर ऐसी बातें भला कौन तो मानता है और कौन याद रखता है। खैर शाम हो गयी और हम मधुशाला जाने के लिए तैयार होने लगे ही थे के इतने में हमारे दूरभाष यंत्र की घन्टी घनघना उठी। मैंने दूरभाष यंत्र उठाया तो उसमें से हमारे माट साब की आवाज़ आई, की आज शाम को कुछ कवियों और लेखकों की गोष्ठी हे जहाँ सब अपनी अपनी रचनाएँ पढ़ेंगे और हाँ वक़्त से पहुँच जाना। मैंने ऊपर आसमान की और देखा और सोचा की क्या नानाजी ने सच कहा था की हरिवंश राय बच्चन ने कभी शराब नहीं पी? क्या हरिवंश जी मुझे ऊपर से देख रहे हैं और क्या इस के पीछे उन्ही का हाथ है? खैर हम वक़्त पर पहुँच गए और जैसे जैसे चाँद आसमान मैं चढ़ा मुझे इस बात का एहसास हुआ की इस से बढ़िया कोई और तरीका नहीं हो सकता था हरिवंश जी का जन्मदिन मानाने का।

मैं तहे दिल से धन्यवाद देना चाहता हूँ अमित कल्ला जी का जिन्होंने इस गोष्ठी का आयोजन करवाया और हमारे माट साब का जिन्होंने मुझे इस गोष्ठी मे आमंत्रित किया।

Jaipur Theater festival “Jairangam”

The Jaipur Theater festival “Jairangam” from 4th to 11th Oct 2015 has started today with a very powerful play TOMAR DAKE, Written & Directed by:- Suvojit Bandyopadhyay.

This short drama is projected as an experimental theatrical performance of modern age and the theme of this production is impressed upon the story of Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan along with the famous composition of Tegore's drama, such as- Raktakarabi, Bisarjan, Achalayatan, Muktodhara and Dakghar.
The struggle and movement of the mankind against all atrocities, extortion, fundamentalism and deprivation from the period of monarchy to the present age of democracy has not come to an end. The story describes the prejudices of Taliban in Pakistan. It is also seen that religious terrorism and betrayal on very many social structure is in vogue. The woman folk, in particular, are the worst affected community in our social front. There is no change in the scenario starting from the mythological age of Sita-Sabitree to the present age of Malala. They are still fighting for their right and justice.
This drama is thus projected against the power mongers all over the world to make them aware about the last consequence according to Tagore's line of thinking breaking through the barriers of region, states and nations of the world.
Jairangam day 1 Tomar Dake
Tomar Dake

Jairangam day 1 Tomar Dake
Tomar Dake

Jairangam day 1 Tomar Dake
Tomar Dake

Jairangam day 1 Tomar Dake
Tomar Dake
Jairangam day 1 Tomar Dake
Tomar Dake

Jairangam day 1 Tomar Dake
Tomar Dake

The third play of the day was TEESRI KASAM Directed by:- RAJESH NATH RAM which was based on the story of Fanishwarnath Renu “Teesri Kasam”.
Jairangam day 1 Teesri Kasam
Teesri Kasam
Jairangam day 1 Teesri Kasam
Teesri Kasam
Jairangam day 1 Teesri Kasam
Teesri Kasam
The Jaipur Theatre festival “Jairangam” Day 2 (4th to 11th Oct 2015)
Glimpses from the play “Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch”
Directed by:- Namrata Sharma Written by:- Mohan Maharishi

World Tourism Day

 World Tourism Day
A lady on the stairs of Hawa Mahal entrance, on World Tourism Day (27-Sep-2015). Entry to all the government monuments in the state was free on this occasion for both foreign and national tourist. 

Idol immersion.

idol immersion ganesh visarjan
Maota Lake is a small water body in front of Amber Fort, Jaipur, India. Once upon a time it was in very bad condition but eventually with the hard work of government and Amber fort authorities it has been cleaned and brought back to life.

But what I had seen yesterday was enough to break my heart. Hundreds of people at a time were coming to the lake and the process of Idol immersion (Visarjan) was going on full day, the idol immersion ritual will go on same way for next 7 days. There were hundreds of Idols which were immersed in that lake. Which were made and decorated with toxic colours, synthetic clothes, plastic artefacts, plaster of paris, iron rods, varnish, cement and so on . . .  all these things are non-biodegradable and when they come in contact with water, water becomes poison. The reason behind this is those materials that do not dissolve easily in water, thereby reducing the oxygen level and increasing the level of acidity in water. This results in contamination and death of fishes and other animals in lake and destroying the complete ecosystem of lake.

I took this photo in the evening. This guy in picture is one of the cleaning staff of the lake who is assigned on the special duty to clean the lake. They continuously try to clean the lake by removing the floating waste. When I talked to him he said what they are doing is just not enough, they are not even able to remove the 10% of what have been immersed. He said further that the ill effects of all this has already started to show and they had found few dead fishes floating on water while cleaning the lake.

Ek Akela Iss Shaher Main . . .

 Ek Akela iss Shaher main
Ek Akela Iss Shaher Main
Raat Main Aur Dopahar Main
Aabodaana Dhoondta Hai,
Aashiyana Dhoondta Hai. . .

I took this pic at the construction site of "Jawahar Gate" which is being constructed at Jawahar Circle, Jawahar lal Nehru marg, Jaipur.

Renovation of Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Renovation of Jawahar Kala Kendra.
Renovation of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur is in the process right now. No one knows what will be the outcome of this renovation. Some people who are regular there are not happy with the new changes in the structure. One of them said that after the death of Charles Correa (Architect of JKK) Jawahar Kala Kendra anath ho gaya (got orphan). Anyhow whatever will be the outcome but right now it’s a nice place to take some creative shots of labour working there on highs and lows of that beautiful architecture.

Roasted Bhuta (Corn) Jaipur

I love Bhuta (Corn) and I think these were the last roasted Bhutas in Angithi (Brazier) which I had last night from a hawker at Statue Circle, Jaipur for this season. Cause season of Bhutas has ended. . . :(

India International Jewellery Week, Mumbai

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Deepti Gujral India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

India International Jewellery Week 2015 - Mumbai.

Iris Maity India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
Iris Maity India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

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Pooja Bhamrah India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

Sony Kaur India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
Sony Kaur India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
India International Jewellery Week Mumbai 

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Soha ali khan India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

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Sushrii Shreya Mishraa India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
India International Jewellery Week Mumbai 

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Parvathy Omanakuttan India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

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Deepti Gujral India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

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Chitrangada Singh India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

India International Jewellery Week Mumbai
India International Jewellery Week Mumbai

World Photography Day

 World Photography Day
In the Digital age of photography where sentimental value associated with photographs are long lost in the gigabytes of your computer. Group like “Apalak” run by Himanshu Vyas and Suman Sarkar has not accepted the defeat yet. On the morning of World Photography Day “Apalak” had organised a group meet at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. where everyone has to bring the prints of their recent clicks and then have a discussion on them (they randomly do these kind of meets and other activities also). No FB likes or Insta love was there; we really had to pick the prints in the hand, feel it and then had to communicate with the photographer. Touching a picture gives you a feeling like the picture had touched you back. We all had a wonderful time.

Bangle Shopping during the holy month of Ramzan.

Bangle Shopping during the holy month of Ramzan at Ramganj Bazar, Jaipur.
Bangles are traditional ornaments worn by the women in India. It is a common tradition to see a new bride wearing glass bangles at her wedding and the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks. Bangles also have a very traditional value in Hinduism and it is considered inauspicious to be bare armed for a married woman. Toddler to older woman could wear bangles based on the type of bangles. Bangles made of gold or silver are preferred for toddlers.

Barber Shop

 Barber Shop Jaipur
Only in India can you have a luxury of a haircut, shave and head massage at the total of 1 dollar. You can find these kinds of Barber Shops in every colony (block) of every town or village of India and mostly 95% of Indian men prefer to get at least a weekly shave from these shops, instead of shaving themselves at home. Still we think India is a Poor Country. I took this pic at a small town near Jaipur known as Sambhar.

Brief and Vest

 Brief and Vest
On 18th April 2015 I was free and I decided that today I will take a local bus and I will roam around the city and will try to take some interesting photographs. It was a Hot day so I took a AC Bus I was happy that I found a vacant seat and grabbed it but suddenly I saw that In front of me approx 5 rows ahead this “Brief and Vest” was hanging on a glass partition on the back of driver seat. The Bus was full of people even the conductor of the bus was female and no one was bothered about it. Oh My God welcome to Jaipur and this beautiful view was in front of me for next 30min till the time I didn't got down from the bus.

Kalbelia Dance Performance.

The captured moment is of Kalbelia Dance performance performed at the cultural eve at Jawahar Kala Kendra on 8-April-2015. The Occasion was 23rd Birthday of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

What’s the Difference?

Yesterday was Sunday and we had a photowalk. Few of us photographers assembled at a point then we all headed to do some street Photography. We all were clicking and moving ahead. Then suddenly I took this shot and thousands of Questions filled my mind?

The Main Question was what exactly is the difference between these waste pickers and we “The” Photographers?

I took this Shot near the Badi Chopar, Jaipur.

Suraj ka Dog.

Has anyone had thought before why was only the seventh horse of Suraj got famous? Suraj also had a Dog and today I had captured him in my camera, Sleeping peacefully in the realm of Dharam Raj Yudhishtra.

I took this shot at Shilp Gram, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Last Puff. . .

“His lips crashed against hers. If there had been air in her lungs, she wouldn't have known what to do with it. He kissed her fiercely, making her head spin wilder than a whirlpool, knocking every last puff of breath from her body.” 
Quotation by ― Ophelia London, Love Bites

All this happened at Indian Coffee House of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. and I took this Shot. . . :)

Hamara Bajaj. . .

 Hamara Bajaj. . .
Once upon a time when I was a kid, we just had one TV and one channel Doordarshan. There were few ads on TV but those ads had a big impact on the young minds, like still I think that Colgate is best, I Love you Rasna, Lijat Papad are the best, Swad Bhare Shakti Bhare Parle-G, Vicks ki Goli lo Khich Khic Dur Karo, Surf ki Kharidari main hi samajhdaari hai and so on. . . . 

One of the Ad of that time was “Buland Bharat ki Buland Tasveer, Hamara Bajaj. . .”  This ad also had a big impact on my mind. I use to think that just like a new and shining Bajaj scooter India is also very prosperous and strong. That time people really use to take care of their scooter with daily wash, proper cleaning, timely service . . . they use to have pride on their Bajaj. I use to think that people take care of India also in the same way. So whenever I use to see Bajaj Scooter I use to sing that slogan and it was a symbol for me of Shining, Strong and Prosperous India.

With the time I forgot about the ad got busy in life, learned the difference between private and public property and accepted the real condition of India. Then suddenly one day I saw this scooter neglected, ruined and standing in a corner and suddenly from nowhere I started humming “Buland Bharat ki Buland Tasveer, Hamara Bajaj. . .” but today meaning was so different.

What Next?

I met this Guy Yesterday, he sells balloon at Statue Circle, Jaipur. I was there with a friend to click some light trails, we both positioned our camera and doing some clicking. This Guy was standing near us only and he got curious about what kind of photography are we doing. So he started with some chit chat, then saw what we were clicking and then after sometime started telling us his story. 

He is a Poor Guy with a wife and two kids in village, he earns by selling balloons. He don’t know any other work cause from the childhood only he use to do farming with his father. Now just farming is not enough to feed his family cause that land is too small and most of the times because of drastic weather changes (We Call it Global Warming) crops get destroyed. So now his wife does little bit of framing in village and he sells Balloon here.

He recently came to know that Officers of Jaipur Development Authority are making some rules because of which no one will be allowed to sell balloons on Statue Circle anymore. So the Question for him which he was asking to me is What Next? (साहब आप ही बताओ गुब्बारे भी नहीं बेच पाउँगा तो अब आगे क्या करूँगा ?)

And in between all these things I took this Shot.

Smiling Eyes.

I took this pic at Sheetla Ashtami Fair, Chaksu where on the day of fair you will find thousands of villagers in their beautiful colorful attire.

To Know More about this Fair check the link below.
http://www.ourjaipur.com/2013/04/sheetla-ashtami-festival.html

A color of Rajasthan

I believe some pictures don't need any descriptions and this is one of them.
I took this shot at Sanganeri Gate, Jaipur.

Light and Shadow

I took this shot at one of the streets of Jaipur City this Sunday, we were on a photowalk and theme was Light and Shadow.

Red Of Rajasthan

Red is considered to be one of the most auspicious color in Hindu mythology. Traditionally Red color is obtained from the root of plant Manjit, it is identical with the blood or force of human life. Color red denotes well being, joy, fertility, prosperity and sensuousness. Color red has a very deep meaning in Indian psyche; it is a sign of woman’s marital status, in wedding women is decked up in brilliant hues of red and have red sindoor (vermillion) on forehead color red also denotes erotic connotation. Color white represent purity and simplicity and worn extensively by males in Indian subcontinent.

I took this shot at one of the Rajasthani folk dance festival.

Incredible India

A small rain at most of the places in India is capable of making lot of puddles. Instead of Cribbing most of us Indians see all this creatively, for me this is a great opportunity for reflection photography.

Saffron Kesariya


Color Saffron (Kesariya) and other shades of yellow are regarded as auspicious colors. Color saffron is obtained from the precious saffron (kesar) leaves and in earlier times was regarded as a classy and rare color. With the Urbanization and easy availability of polyester printed clothes which are cheap and affordable, people are forgetting about the traditional colors and what they symbolize for. But still in rural areas of India you will find many people using these traditional colors in their day to day life.
I took this shot in a village of Rajasthan. This location was in front of the temple where these two old women’s in their traditional attire were purchasing vegetables from a much younger lady draped in a polyester printed sari. In this image we can clearly see that how plastic and polyester has made its space in villages of India also.