Sunday, January 20, 2008

Photo Essay – Muharram Mourning, Kashmire Gate

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Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

The heart could not hold its tears.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Portraits of grief captured in the Muharram procession in Kashmere gate, Old Delhi.

We're in mourning

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Ya Hussain Ya Hussain

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

The Karbala Story - listen and cry

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Hai Hussain

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

We lost!

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

In agony

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Feeling the tragedy

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Inflicting pain

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Remembering Karbala

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Just tears

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

In rage

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Mullah's kurta

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Ladakhi mourners

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Bloodied grief

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

No one is left unmoved

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

Ya Ali Ya Hussain

Muharram Mourning, Kashmiri Gate

7 comments:

arman said...

salamalekum! austen sahab, amazing pics yaar...ur an awesome photographer and i hope u keep taking amazing pics like these with ur new amazing camera..chalo!! cya!!

Raza Rumi said...

What a nice post and some outstanding images. These are the best that I have seen on Moharram rituals in India.

The anguish of the mourner is also well represented. It is heartening to see that someone is trying to understand what goes inside the mind of the seemingly irrational devotee.

By the way, what is the policy on your brilliant pictures. Can I borrow some images for my blogs?
Of course, we will give due credit to your blog -

But if these are copyrighted then we can give links to your site.

As Arman said, you are an awesome photographer. I think you should organize your exhibition and also bring it to Pakistan among other places.

Hope you encourage others to be great photographers like yourself? After all, art must be shared and nurtured and not converted into an individual commodity..!

Mayank Austen Soofi said...

Mr. Rumi,
Thank you for your comments. The Delhi Walla is very particular about his pictures. But your blog happens to be my favroite blog. I'm addicted to it and have even made it my home-site in my laptop. So please feel free to use the muharram pictures whichever way you fancy. It will be an honour.

Shaheen Sultan Dhanji said...

These are brilliant photographs depicting Muharram rituals. As Rumi said, you are an "awesome photographer", and I also encourage you look into an exhibition. The talent is to be shared in mutual gratification!

Anonymous said...

salam aleik ma be eshgh hosain zende hastim

vasalam name tamam
ya ali

Zafar Mehdi said...

Well, was googling for Muharram pics and came across these. Needless to say, they are awesome. Thx for posting it in your much acclaimed blog. Muharram is again on heels, and hope you have your camera ready again... Would love to see new pictures in your blog.....
Thx mayank

Atif said...

Brother i never felt that the blog is written by a non-muslim, coz I read the blog first n then ur name.I'd like to say thank you for seeing us through our eyes.
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