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The Siddis of Junagadh

The Siddis of Junagadh, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is part of my Mahim Police Sandal procession,the Mahim police pays the tribute to their patron Saint Makhdoom Shah Baba al Mahimi..the first salute and salami is done by the Mahim police than the Urus commences so to speak..


The Siddis will perform at the procession , I did not shoot their performance as I had hurt my barefeet and aborted the shoot .

The Siddis are Indians of African descent settled in Junagadh and other parts of Gujrat including Mumbai.They speak Gujrati with an African dialect.


About the Siddis

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddi

The Siddi, Siddhi, or Sheedi (Urdu: شیدی ; Hindi: सिद्दी or शीदि; Gujarati: સિદ્દી) are an Indian ethnic group of Black African descent. The Siddi population is currently estimated to be 20,000-55,000, with Gujarat state of India being the main population center.[1][2] Siddis are mainly Sufi Muslims, although some are Hindus and some Roman Catholic Christians.[3]

There are …

My Photo Friendly Hand

My Photo Friendly Hand, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Now the only person who finds faults me shooting my body parts , the over exposed ones is my daughter..Samiya .

She thinks my hand should not be so obtrusive, forcing its way into the heartland of my pictorial angst, the poetic proximity of my soul to the flesh of my bioscopewallah imagination ...a prologue to my lifes story board, as seen through my Cyclops like camera eye.

I play games and my only friendly assistant is my bejeweled photogenic camera friendly hand.


a hand that my camera
reads and understands
a hand the only salvaging
hope of my dreams stuck
in sinking sands
a hand bejeweled
in Sufi land
a world without borders
peace hope harmony
as homeland
bollywoods most wanted
a killa brand

a blog shedding tears
on a sepia toned
newsstand
a cyber love
a virtual reality
one night stand

Ansu Ki Khoj Main

Ansu Ki Khoj Main, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. es ghar
main
ansu
rahte the
kabhi
khushi
kabhi gham
main behte the
har mausam
say lete the
phir ayee
aisi hawa
bhari bazar
main bhik
na dete the
waqt ka tamacha
aisa pada
bade bude yeh
kahte the


dedicated to ayesha shroff a beautiful humble soul..

A Blogger Who Begs on The Street

A Blogger Who Begs on The Street, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. shooting pain
inhumanity
barefeet
the human
soul defecating
sorrow
in total defeat
karma dharma
even if it could cheat
the soul would still be
incomplete
if a photographer
cannot poetize pain
or tears in concrete
the final solution
control alt delete
photography of pain
capturing the death rattle
the dying moments
of a pictorial heart beat


kabhi har kabhi jeet

The Rafaees and the Blogger Bawa

The Rafaees and the Blogger Bawa, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Most of the people who visit the Holy Shrine of Makhdoom Shah Baba , know me very well, a lot of them call me Mastan, I normally sit at the Holy Fire or Dhuni behind the Holy Shrine.A lot of them in humility ask me to pray for them, many give me alms , those who dont know me, I dont refuse I think I am the biggest beggar and my camera is a beggars bowl that pleads for pictures..

The money given to me as alms I give to the head of the Chancawalli order or to someone more needy than them.
I am very sad and in a state of total confusion , I no more feel like going to the Dhuni, as the i Bawas I knew have left the Chancawalli band of body piercing mendicants I shot for over 6 years.

I met a kid a teenager of Mahim who told me read my blogs.. he was the one who called me the Blogger Bawa..

Mahim Urus is a great high for the restless ever evolving soul.

I was asked to join the Rafaees as a honorary membe…

The Rafaees and the Blogger Bawa

The Rafaees and the Blogger Bawa, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Most of the people who visit the Holy Shrine of Makhdoom Shah Baba , know me very well, a lot of them call me Mastan, I normally sit at the Holy Fire or Dhuni behind the Holy Shrine.A lot of them in humility ask me to pray for them, many give me alms , those who dont know me, I dont refuse I think I am the biggest beggar and my camera is a beggars bowl that pleads for pictures..

The money given to me as alms I give to the head of the Chancawalli order or to someone more needy than them.
I am very sad and in a state of total confusion , I no more feel like going to the Dhuni, as the i Bawas I knew have left the Chancawalli band of body piercing mendicants I shot for over 6 years.

I met a kid a teenager of Mahim who told me read my blogs.. he was the one who called me the Blogger Bawa..

Mahim Urus is a great high for the restless ever evolving soul.

I was asked to join the Rafaees as a honorary membe…

Mahim Police Sandal Makhdoom Shah Baba 2009

Mahim Police Sandal Makhdoom Shah Baba 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Sandal is the name given for sandal wood paste that will be placed on the Shrine of Makhdoom Shah Baba of Mahim..His Urus is a grand event for this Konkani Saint al Mahimi. along with a floral tribute called Chaddar.

Most of the Sufi saints owe the fragrance of their spirituality to Hazrat Ali..ibn Talib cousin of the Holy Prophet of Islam and also the husband of the Holy Prophets daughter Princess Fatima mother of Hassan Hussain..

I was lucky to shoot the preparation of the Sandal at Shakil Bawas Sandal last year..

As per tradition the first chaddar is placed by the Mahim cops, Makdoom Shah Baba being their patron Saint.

The cops predominantly Hindus are totally in spiritual awe of this sublime moment of placing the chaddar ar his Tomb.

This is the only time I shoot the spiritual soul of the Mumbai Police the finest secular police force of India.

I shoot this barefeet, and because of bad Mumba…

Mahim Police Station- Sandal Makhdoom Shah Baba 2009

Mahim Police Station- Sandal Makhdoom Shah Baba 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 102,360 items / 668,135 views

I start a new set at Flickr - the Mahim Police Station sandal procession on the first day of the Makdoom Shah Baba Urus 2009.

I was invited by Senior Inspector Liaqat Shaikh of the Makhdoom Shah Baba committee .

First there were prayers in a side room where the sandal was kept, after the prayers the Senior Inspector of Mahim Police Station Mr Pawar carried it auspiciously on his head.. this is a long and tiring journey to the Holy Shrine of the Makhdoom Shah Baba Shrine accompanied by Rafaees, police band, Nasik band and the works.

Here you see the entire Mumbai Police officers constables taking turns to carry the sandal at each step towards the Holy Shrine.

I shot this at the Station and returned to Bandra due to urgent work commitments

Bull Kurbani Stray Thoughts of a Shia Blogger

Bull Kurbani Stray Thoughts of a Shia Blogger, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 102,339 items / 668,037 views

Bakra Idd with all its blood , gore is also a reminder for me as a Shia Blogger photographer , that Moharam is just 20 days away and my lens will be splattered with more blood than you see here .

Yes we all look forward to Moharam, when color will give way to black, the only red will be the wounds on our heads and back.

On 1 Dec I shot the Mahim Police sandal of Maqdoom Shah Baba , but my most interesting new subject for photography is the Siddis performers of Junagadh, I had gone to the Dhuni yesterday and again today.

Yesterday the Mumbai Police hassled me endlessly even after shooting so much footage of the cops at the Mahim station..the cops at the gates saw no difference between me and a terrorist..in spite of having a Press Card like a noose round my neck. And it frightens me this excessive use of security for people like me who share cultures rites and r…

Biwi Bacche Ghar Par Intezar Kar Rahe Hain

Biwi Bacche Ghar Par Intezar Kar Rahe Hain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 102,327 items / 668,014 views

drunken dilemma
overflowing remorse
on terra firma
misplaced dharma
lost in transit
the path of karma
disillusioned destiny
in complete coma