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Cutting the Head With Swords

Cutting the Head With Swords, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 108,921 items / 708,282 views

This is hardcore Kamazani on the streets of Hyderabad on Ashura day behind the Bibi Ka Alam..

Bibi Ka Alam Procession Hyderabad 2009

Bibi Ka Alam Procession Hyderabad 2009

Yes I Know You Are The Barefeet Blogger From Mumbai

Yes I Know You Are The Barefeet Blogger From Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 108,815 items / 707,624 views

I get along pretty well with elephants , and elephants too remember me, there was this elephant at my old shop near Waterfield Road Bandra that while moving towards Hill Road would nudge the Mahout towards the lane that led to my shop, and I would offer him bananas and some money to the Mahout.

And my grand daughter Marziya Shakir is like me as crazy about elephants..


The Bibi Ka Alam elephant was unique in its serenity disposition and calm , I took several close up of his eyes..I mean it is an honor and quite a responsibility carrying the Standard of Princess Fatima daughter of the Messenger of Allah.

Mohraram Ek Aisa Jazba Hai

Mohraram Ek Aisa Jazba Hai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 108,749 items / 707,190 views

moharam ek aisa jazba hai
jo hamesha sath rehta hai
ya hussain ya hussain
bar bar kehta hai
mazloomiyat ka khoon
gavai dete hue
yeh bat kehta hai
karbala ki khak
par phir se behta hai

Bibi Ka Alam Procession Hyderabad 2009

Bibi Ka Alam Hyderabad 2009

Bibi Ka Alam Hyderabad 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is my third new set on Moharam in 2009 Hyderabad at my Flickr photo stream.
After I had shot the Ashura proceedings from 8 am to 3.30 pm at the Bargah of Hazarat Abbas Diwan Deodi..a series of 675 blogs, and captured the angst of the Hyderabadi Shia, which included my own kamazani or head cutting too...

I came to Choti Bargah Chatta Bazar Civil Court area which was my base as I began my quest of Ghame Hussain from this low profile shrine of Hazrat Abbas in 2003 this was my second trip to Hyderabad a city of peace , love brotherhood and hospitality..especially during the mourning month of Moharam.

For the Shias , Moharam the Muslim new year is a moment of introspection, a moment of historical importance for the sacrifice of Imam Hussain the beloved grand son of the Holy Prophet who gave his life to save Islam from the clutches of Yazidiyat..

Katle Hussain asal mein marge Yazeed hai
Islam zinda hota hai ha…

Hyderabadi Kids and Kamazani

Shia Girl Does Kamazani

The Hyderabadi Lethal Blade

My Bare Feet

My Bare Feet, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I am a diabetic , and I arrived in Hyderabad barefeet , I shot here for three days , most of the time I was on my feet for long hours , I slept only in the night for two hours and I shot over 3500 pictures.

My legs were cut bruised and the only remedy was a band aid and some ointment that Qayam gave me to apply.. and it was in this condition I shot the bloody gruesome scenes of Bargah and Bibi Ka Alam..

There were times I could not move , and I kept pushing myself..the other aspect of my shoot is that I did not cary my insulin or my medication at all ... my medication was Ghame Hussain and nothing else.

I collapsed at Iqbals house while shooting the Alams being put to rest and soon after this I shot the events at Mir Mousavi cemetery Deira..

The Shias of Hyderabad

Rajesh Maharashtrian Devotee of Hazrat Abbas Alambardar

Rajesh Maharashtrian Devotee of Hazrat Abbas Alambardar

The Shias at Choti Bargah

Shia Mother and Child

The Shias

The Shias, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

The Hindu Tribals Who Converted To Shiasm

The Hindu Tribals Who Converted To Shiasm, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are people of a community that were into thievery and sorcery , but converted with others to Shiasm.

Their majlis on 5 Rabilwal is huge one..both father and son have cut their heads .

Hyderabadi Kids and Kamazani

Hyderabadi Kids and Kamazani, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 108,632 items / 706,493 views

This ends my Ashura Bargah series at Flickr..I moved to the Choti Bargah and Sajjad Bhai dropped me in a very congested land from where I shot the Bibi Ka Alam..

Every kid in Hyderabad has a bandage on his head , as most of them take part in the kamazani ritual of head cutting..

No Escape ...

No Escape ..., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 108,627 items / 706,416 views

muslim beggar woman
the usual land scape
be it lucknow mumbai
hyderabad
from her impoverished
destiny - no escape
standing begging for alms
in a funereal drape
hidden beneath her hijab
her pain her sorrow
her life in bad shape
from the cauldron of
her karmic calamity
a few crumbs scrape
her dreams
like a bunch
of sour grapes
slits for eyes
at a stony wall
of silence
agape

Ya Hussain Ya Hussain

Ya Hussain Ya Hussain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 108,627 items / 706,416 views

I shoot Muslim kids but before I can shoot them they shoot me too..they dont need glitzy cameras their eyes do the job more cleanly and meticulously than me..

On his head is a band that reads like a not to be missed neon sign of Faith- Ya Hussain.

And as I write this I await the return of my grand daughter Marziya Shakir from her mothers home town Lucknow..

I went and bought her a doll, a Monginis cake just to capture the smile of her innocence.. and I am eagerly awaiting to see her beat her chest at the house Imambada while the woman of the house do Matam..

Shia kids are tutored in their mothers womb the tough journey ahead safe guarding the legacy of Ghame Hussain....
And overnight with the slash of a knife or a blade a Shia child inherits his kingdom of pain..