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Kali Amman (Durga) Festival in Chennai India

 
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Sep 04, 2013 01:13 |  #1

I happened to be in Chennai, India last month when the Amman (Durga) Festival took place in temples all over. I caught the ceremony in a small temple in a local neighborhood.

It was a great event - lots of devotion showed by simple, often desperately poor people. My son and I had cameras and we were made to feel welcome all night. Great experience!

Kali Amman is a form of Parvati, the wife of Shiva and one of the premier goddesses that are worshipped.

The festival began with the idol of Amman carried around the neighborhood by the priest for all to see and get blessings from:

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The idol is of Kali, a fearsome version of Parvati, who is this form is supposed to defeat demons and evil doers. Looks pretty fearsome:
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Drumming is a major way for devotees to participate in the festival. Drumming took place all day and all night by various groups of drummers.

This guy accompanied the Kali Amman procession through the neighborhood:

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These guys were one of the groups of drummers that drummed all night long. The lighting was terrible for photography.

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The neighborhood kids were not used to seeing a photographer at their little neighborhood temple, so they were hamming it up for the camera!

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Sep 04, 2013 07:58 |  #2

84 views and no comments? Admittedly these are mostly candid shots, or not under the best of lighting conditions, but I thought the cultural aspect would spark some interest. Oh well, it was very interesting regardless to attend in person! ;)


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Sep 04, 2013 12:41 |  #3

I never know why some photos don't get comments. I travel India two times every year for the past 20 + years and there is always photo opportunities in India. I travel all over India and the past 10 or twelve years I have been traveling in far NW India.

You certainly have captured a part of their culture in these shots, it appears that the shots are soft, especially the last one of the boys. The composition is not the best, nor the post processing - yet on your flicker you have some very very good shots especially the birds and landscape shots.

Thanks for sharing, I love to see photos from around the world.


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Sep 04, 2013 16:48 |  #4

I like shots like these, sure a cross between candid and photojournalistic, but I love the colors and customs of other countries and I think these pictures do a fine job in capturing those things, maybe not high art photography, but certainly educational and entertaining. I like the first the best, something about #4 is offputting (something in PP).


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Sep 06, 2013 05:42 |  #5

You did a very good job on these. Don't be concerned about comments. Sometimes it takes a while before people catch on.




  
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Sep 06, 2013 11:21 |  #6

Thanks, MJDAK!


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