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The Siddis of Junagadh Born in Captivity

The Siddis of Junagadh Born in Captivity, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are lion cubs of African descent- 100 % Indians born in captivity, they come from a warrior race but beg on the streets , performing acts to appease the soul of a god asleep..


We as Indians love Indianizing everything, lionizing our past but when it comes to heritage we publicly shit on it...I dont know about the Siddis I have just started documenting their street life here in Mumbai as much in demand Urus performers.

Their womenfolks are not with them..15 black guys in a brown mans world...dancing , doing acrobats, drumming the dead soul of a system that wont bring them solace , good jobs or god positions..

Sometimes I fail to understand the logic of right wingers they treated the North East populace as tribal people and junglees , the missionary gave them the bible and Jesus Christ as Hope and Salvation..so why did Hinduism not bring them into the fold, people convert because people wa…

The Siddis of Junagadh Born in Captivity

The Siddis of Junagadh Born in Captivity, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are lion cubs of African descent- 100 % Indians born in captivity, they come from a warrior race but beg on the streets , performing acts to appease the soul of a god asleep..


We as Indians love Indianizing everything, lionizing our past but when it comes to heritage we publicly shit on it...I dont know about the Siddis I have just started documenting their street life here in Mumbai as much in demand Urus performers.

Their womenfolks are not with them..15 black guys in a brown mans world...dancing , doing acrobats, drumming the dead soul of a system that wont bring them solace , good jobs or god positions..

Sometimes I fail to understand the logic of right wingers they treated the North East populace as tribal people and junglees , the missionary gave them the bible and Jesus Christ as Hope and Salvation..so why did Hinduism not bring them into the fold, people convert because people wa…

Dargah Makhdoom Shah Baba Mahim

Dargah Makhdoom Shah Baba Mahim, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This the path littered with flower shops that brings you to a message of Peace Hope and Harmony called Makhdoom Shah Baba Al Mahimi.

I have been shooting the Rafaees at the Rafaee chowk here , the oldest rafaee chowk mind you..Maqdoom Shah Babs dargah brings people searching for a common goal.. Love.

Yes today we are wealthy but beg for love.. love has left us and gone as we mistreated love when we had it..we treated it as worthless easy to get commodity and today you cant get love even in the black market.

About Makhdoom Shah Baba Al Mahimi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makhdoom_Ali_Mahimi

Makhdoom Ali Mahimi (1372–1431) was a Sufi Saint from the Konkan in India, widely acknowledged for his scholarly treatises, liberal views and humanist ideals. Mahimi was born into a family of Arab travellers who had settled down on the island of Mahim, one of the seven islands that later formed the city of Bombay (now M…

Shooting Pain on the Streets of Mahim

Shooting Pain on the Streets of Mahim, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Photographers in the media need short cuts to tug the newspapers readers fucked mind so you have the usual shit like the Idd hugging pictures dumped on our comatose Rs 2 worth newspaper like consciousness.

Manipulating pictures is the easiest short cut..I saw this from far I shoot on single frame, cant go Khat a Khat like my cousin the news photographer I shoot silence that demands complete pin drop silence..

And please this has nothing to do with conceit ,this is a path towards pictorial humility as taught by my Gurus.. KG Maheshwari, Jatkar Malushte and Girish Mystery..though I did not have to learn about F Stops the hard way from Mr Phanibanda the way Girish did.. Girish was literally mind fucked by Mr Phanibanda ..imagine shooting a brick till you got it right..and Girish would rush to Mitter Bedi Saab to help him out of this Bawa driven torture and chaos..

I made Girishs wedding wardrobe ,he …

Shooting Pain on the Streets of Mahim

Shooting Pain on the Streets of Mahim, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Photographers in the media need short cuts to tug the newspapers readers fucked mind so you have the usual shit like the Idd hugging pictures dumped on our comatose Rs 2 worth newspaper like consciousness.

Manipulating pictures is the easiest short cut..I saw this from far I shoot on single frame, cant go Khat a Khat like my cousin the news photographer I shoot silence that demands complete pin drop silence..

And please this has nothing to do with conceit ,this is a path towards pictorial humility as taught by my Gurus.. KG Maheshwari, Jatkar Malushte and Girish Mystery..though I did not have to learn about F Stops the hard way from Mr Phanibanda the way Girish did.. Girish was literally mind fucked by Mr Phanibanda ..imagine shooting a brick till you got it right..and Girish would rush to Mitter Bedi Saab to help him out of this Bawa driven torture and chaos..

I made Girishs wedding wardrobe ,he …

The Dargah Lane of Commerce Pain and Peace

The Dargah Lane of Commerce Pain and Peace, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Good Morning Mumbai

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Welcome to the World of Sufism Spirituality and Peace , this is a world of the common Indian Muslim, now believe me the Indian Muslim is a very simple peace loving man living happily, I was asked why he lives in Ghettos..well it is a government problem if you see it now, earlier it was protection cohesiveness of common ideology and life style, , and living amongst his own..

Though I walked out of situation by telling my friend Vinod Mirani I could not answer for the rest of the community, my parents began their journey at the Kurla Bakhar early 50s in the slums, till my dad bought us eventually to Wodehouse Road Colaba, and we stayed there for many years, sometimes I do wonder why my dad did not take a house at Bhendi Bazar, but than his work place was N Swamy Rao Tailors near Hampton Court..Colaba.

Perhaps it was my father late Mohomed Shakir Lakhna…

Possession at Dargahs

Possession at Dargahs, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is a picture I shot fast and was reprimanded by the possessed lady's ward,and such sights are very common at most dargahs..I have shot such pictures at Haji Malang at Ajmer Sharif and at Hussain Tekri Jarah..

The possessed person , does not register too sharply on camera as there body is a cauldron of diverse conflicting energies , you can feel the tension and the spiritually emotional chaos.

The people that carry the Sandal go through the same motions and possession takes place ..I shot this last year extensively at Shakil Bawa of Mahims sandal.

But one place you get to see this and much more is at the Urus of Meena Datar near Unjha Gujarat.

I will visit this place one day...

I met a lot of exorcists at Hussain Tekri..however much of this mood is bought under control after loban time...

I shot a lady today totally possessed and strangely I dont see any of my pictures till I post them..

Possession at Dargahs

Possession at Dargahs, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is a picture I shot fast and was reprimanded by the possessed lady's ward,and such sights are very common at most dargahs..I have shot such pictures at Haji Malang at Ajmer Sharif and at Hussain Tekri Jarah..

The possessed person , does not register too sharply on camera as there body is a cauldron of diverse conflicting energies , you can feel the tension and the spiritually emotional chaos.

The people that carry the Sandal go through the same motions and possession takes place ..I shot this last year extensively at Shakil Bawa of Mahims sandal.

But one place you get to see this and much more is at the Urus of Meena Datar near Unjha Gujarat.

I will visit this place one day...

I met a lot of exorcists at Hussain Tekri..however much of this mood is bought under control after loban time...

I shot a lady today totally possessed and strangely I dont see any of my pictures till I post them..

Aye Malik Tere Bandhe Hum

Aye Malik Tere Bandhe Hum, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 102,897 items / 670,562 views


aye maalik tere bande hum ayese ho humaare karam
nekee par chale, aaur badee se tale, taankee hasate huye nikale dam

ye andheraa ghanaa chhaa rahaa, teraa insaan ghabaraa rahaa
ho rahaa bekhabar, kuchh naa aataa najar, sukh kaa sooraj chhoopaa jaa rahaa
hai teree roshanee mein jo dam to amaawas ko kar de poonam

badaa kamajor hain aadamee, abhee laakhon hain is mein kamee
par too jo khadaa, hain dayaaloo badaa, teree kirapaa se dharatee thamee
diyaa toone humei jab janam too hee zelegaa hum sab ke gam

jab julmon kaa ho saamanaa, tab too hee humei thaamanaa
wo buraee kare, hum bhalaaee bhare, naheen badale kee ho kaamanaa
badh uthhe pyaar kaa har kadam aaur mite bair kaa ye bharam

http://www.geetmanjusha.com/hindi/lyrics/english/884.html"

Sharukh Rafaee

Sharukh Rafaee, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 102,897 items / 670,562 views

Sharukh Rafaee is the young son of Chalak Ali , both father and son are exponents of the Sufi art of body piercing , body infliction..My relationship with Sharukh goes a long way back when he was perhaps only a few years old, I have been shooting him, but he is not very happy kid, his parents are both cause of his misery, as iit is a personal matter I shall not delve on it, however every time I see Sharukh Rafaee I give him money , and he searches me out somehow or the other.

I met his father too, I am still uploading pictures I shot on the first day of the Urus , and I have visited the dhuni again today...I shot some crazy possession pictures, I shot a woman bawa eating coal from the loban container, and I shot some more woman bawas who have renounced domestic life completely.

I also shot some frames of the Mahim Police Station Qawwali programme , I did not meet the Siddhis today.

After all…