The Lalbagh Cha Raja Leaves the Pandal, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I shot the Tejukaya perched on a truck, as the Lalbagh Cha Raja had not yet come out of the Pandal, photographers had found places on the tarafa opposite the gate , I was not that lucky so I walked into the pandal via the backdoor and shot these pictures , but now coming out to the main gate was a problem I was caught in a huge crowd , but I managed and outside the Lalbagh Cha Raja gates nobody would allow me to shoot or giving me some place on the tarafa, I was driven out from every place , media photographers can be mean and ruthless for pictures, I raised the camera above my head and took random shot of Lalbaghh Cha Raja moving out..
These are not creative pictures but pictures that document a journey of the Raja towards his way through streets of Mumbai till Girgaum Chowpatty.
I followed him barefeet till Kumbharwada and returned home after shooting the Muslims felicitating the Raja at Do Ta…
This is my new series shot from 10 am till 11 pm..it began at Lalbagh and ended at Kumbharwada, my fast I broke at Byculla , and TV 9 took my interview, of this Muslim barefeet blogger of Mumbai..Mukund a guy from Byculla was touched by my gesture of walking with Lalbagh Cha Raja year after year ..what hit me was his words- he said Firoze bhai because you respect my deity and religion , I shall undertake a roza a fast , to thank you for this..
I was in tears because Lalbagh Cha Raja is an ethos of Mumbai.. Lalbagh Cha Raja is brand Mumbai beyond caste color or creed..
I am indebted to Raju Langewal , Balasaheb Kamble and President of the Lalbagh Cha Mandal Satish Khankar.. and the rest of his boys.