Kathak Performance at old fort

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Purana Qila(Old Fort) in Delhi has become venue for many cultural events.The flood ruins of the fort provide beautiful backdrop.

dancing eunuch IV

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dancing eunuch IV, originally uploaded by Samir D.

dacing of eunuch or "hijra" is very common phenomenon of "chhaht-puja"..In hindu contexts, hijras belong to a special caste. They are usually devotees of the mother goddess Bahuchara Mata, and/or Shiva.

Thikse gompa

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Thikse gompa, originally uploaded by s i a m.

Thikse Gompa (also transliterated from Ladakhi as 'Tikse', 'Tiksey' or 'Thiksey') is a Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) Buddhist monastery in the Indus Valley, 25 km east of Leh, the capital of Ladakh. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

'Amar Jawan Jyoti' (Flame of the Immortal Warrior) India Gate in Delhi, India.

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In memory of all the innocent victims and our brave soldiers who lost their lives on 26/11/08.

Burning as a shrine under the arch of India Gate since 1971 is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal warrior), which marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The shrine itself is a black marble cenotaph. Each face of the cenotaph has inscribed in gold the words "Amar Jawan" (Immortal Warrior) and is placed on an edifice which has on its four corners four torches of which at least one is perpetually kept alive. It was unveiled on January 26, 1972 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in the wake of the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Today, it is customary for the President and the Prime Minister, as well as visiting Guests of State, to pay homage at the site on occasions of State ceremonies.

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Mother working and Son playing. A shot from Brihadeshvara Temple, Tanjore, Tamil Nadu

Rickshaw driver

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India #16: Rickshaw driver, originally uploaded by zane&inzane.

Rickshaws and tu-tus are still one of the major public transports in India. This guy was sitting on the roadside, waiting for customers.

First photo was taken without asking. Then I walked closer and waved at him with my camera. I knew he didn't mind and I quickly took a few more headshots of him wanting to form a more complete story. It would be nice if I had the time to do a few more shots of this handsome rickshaw driver!

@Jaipur (Pink City), Rajasthan, India


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sindur, originally uploaded by Samir D.

Sindur (vermilion) blood-red powder, usually smeared on the forehead and at the parting of the hair (sithi) of Hindu married women. This is part of the marriage ritual and is inherited from ancient tribal cultures... during "chhat-puja" all married women has covered their forehead to bottom of their nose with this symbolic powder...

This madness can happen

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This madness can happen, originally uploaded by Bindaas Madhavi.

only here in India I suppose!!

Ramlila -- a street stage play of the mythology Ramayana. Primary characters mostly enacted by kids who barely have their mustaches growing out. Sponsored by the Maharaja of Kashi this play takes momentum for almost a month. The final day culminates with an Aarti by the Maharaja at the first break of the dawn.
So what madness to do with this?
Well to watch this event people gather at the grounds by around 3am prettymuch sleep out in the grounds to get the prime viewing spot. The character in their full costume were ready on the stage by 3am. The dawn broke at 6am by then the place entire place was so packed that even if one moved then there was a wave effect among the crowd.
All this for a glimpse of the Kashi Naresh, a 5 minute Aarti
if this is not madness wonder what it takes for that !!

So far from home

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So far from home, originally uploaded by Free As I Can Be.

Took this on a morning walk. He had spent that night guarding this property. The air was thick and his mood was low on being so far from home and lonely. He was wondering what he was doing in a place that was completely strange to him.


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Holika, originally uploaded by Studiofunc..

Holika was a demoness in Hindu mythology who was burnt to death with help of God Brahma by Prahlad.
The story of Holika's conflict signifies the triumph of good over evil, and death of Holika is celebrated as Holi Festival in India

Mounted Guards-1

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Mounted Guards-1, originally uploaded by ramesh_lalwani.

The President's Bodyguard is an elite household cavalry regiment of the Indian Army. Its primary role is to escort and protect the President of India and is based in the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. It is a mounted unit, with horses for ceremonies at the presidential palace and BTR-60 vehicles for use in combat.
The regiments history dates back to 30 September 1773. It was created during the Company rule in India as a personal bodyguard for the Governor General of India and was then known as the Troop of Moghuls. It was later renamed to the Viceroy's Bodyguard in 1858 when the Indian Empire was officially established. It changed its name again to the Governor General's Bodyguard when India became a Commonwealth Dominion in 1947. It took on its modern name when India became a full republic in 1950.
In 2003, it had 7 officers, 15 NCOs, and 140 enlisted men, for a total strength of 180 men. Throughout its history, the Bodyguard has varied in size from 50 men when first raised, to 1,929 men in 1845. However, it was usually around squadron size, or about 130 men. The current commanding officer is Brigadier Charanjit Singh Virk. By tradition, the CO has always been of Brigadier or Colonel rank. He is assisted by Majors, Captains, Risaldars and Daffadars. Ordinary soldiers hold the ranks of Sowar or Naik.

Every Saturday at 8AM Change of Guards ceremony takes place on foregrounds of Presidents House Delhi.Here are some photos taken on this occasion.

Paani puri vendors- Manali

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Paani puri vendors- Manali, originally uploaded by Sai A.

Also called as Gol gappa. It is a popular snack in India and is available with road side vendor through out India. Paani puri is served with spiced water in a crisp bread (of sort). People stand and eat it when served in a small plate.


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breathless, originally uploaded by Sayantan Bera.

25 years of the Bhopal Gas Disaster. 26 thousand dead over the years. Life, short of breath, around the decrepit union carbide factory.

On assignment. Bhopal, November 2009.

Art is God, and God is light

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Art is God, and God is light, originally uploaded by harimenon4u.

Ottan thullal artist praying before entering stage, Ottan thullal is a traditional art form of Kerala