Street Photography

Gangasagar Mela 2017

সব তীর্থ বার বার, গঙ্গাসাগর একবার

Gangasagar Mela 2017:  Story of a long Painful Pilgrimage
Gangasagar Mela is one of the most famous fairs held in West Bengal (India). This year it was held on 14th and 15th January 2017. Like every year thousands of people attended this event.
Taking bath in the water at this place, during Gangasagar Mela, is considered to be extremely sacred. On the day of Makar Sankranti (January 14), when the sun makes a transition to Capricorn from Sagittarius, it is said that the bath becomes a holy source of salvation. It is one of the largest annual gatherings of devotees in India. The mythological story behind this event: King Sagar’s  60,000 sons came to this place  in search of their father’s Sacrificial  Horse, which  were stolen  by Devraj Indra  & hidden at under the earth beside Kapil Muni’s  hermitage. King’s Sons were unknown to this fact and they started to blame Kapil Muni for stealing the horses and at this moment they interrupted in Muni’s meditations. Muni became angry & his anger came out of his eyes to burn king’s sons & consign their souls in to hell. Many years’ later king’s grandson king Bhagirath came to Kapil Muni to beg & to pray to Muni to release the souls from hell. Then according to Kapil Muni’s directions king Bhagirath brought Devi Ganga to this place & with the touch of this holy river’s water the souls got liberty. As per the myth, the souls were liberated on the day of “Makar Sankranti”. Every year people use to come here to get rid of their own pain, sin and to earn blessings and virtue.

I always believe that humanity is much bigger than any virtual power. Without human power any myth is just a story. God is created by us so I always love to capture every human emotion from my view finder. I decided to capture some the lives, their activities and their emotions. My lenses found those activities and emotions that made Gangasagar more realistic rather than a virtual myth. Hope you will like it.

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Filmy Reality

In India movies not only represents a mere art form it constitutes a virtually alternative lifestyle. Film posters have always fascinated me with their surreal like imagery. In a third world country like India the presence of these illustrations in the streets certainly adds multiple dimensions to art form and also to the society. In a multilingual country the existence of different film industries only tribes those dimensions further.

With more than 2 million people of the country living in the streets makes me question my romantic aspirations. I was born and brought up in Kolkata and naturally fell in love with city. But that’s the thing with love you can’t undo your felling even when you despair some certain aspects of it. The people abiding most of their daily regime in the streets go on to make a special bond with film posters.

I started this project with a simple vision to capture the contrast between the film posters that dominate the streets with its all radiant glory and between those who live on the street. The disparity among that of motion picture romanticism and that of grinding truth inspired me to capture my idea of a “Filmy Reality”

Content: Saikat Chakraborty

Photos by: Subhajit Naskar

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