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This is hardcore Kamazani on the streets of Hyderabad on Ashura day behind the Bibi Ka Alam..
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Yes I Know You Are The Barefeet Blogger From Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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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.
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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
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 har karbala ke baad
As this is a photo blog shot through the eyes of a Shia Blogger who shoots pain , and other religiosity too, without bias or bigotry..truth as captured on the viewfinder of the camera of his soul is of prime importance..
Apni Taqdeer Jagate hain Tere Matam se
Khoon ki Rah Bichate hain Tere Matam se
Apne Izhare Aqidat ka Salika yeh hai
Hum Naya Sal Manate hain Tere Matam se
Bibi Ka Alam procession is the biggest Shia event that captures the soul of Hyderabad , without reservations , beyond caste color or creed, Hindu Muslim all communities pay tribute to the Mother of Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain , beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet Princess Fatima wife of Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu Talib the first Shia Imam and the Fourth Caliph .
The Bibi ka Alam according to the Hindu newspapers , starts on Ashura Day, Yom E Ashoora day from the Bibi ka Alawa in Dabeerpura.Everbody the rich the poor offer Dhatti..Behind the Alam are the mourners who cut their heads with curved swords daggers do zanjeer and blade matam, seated on the Alam are the Mutawalli of Bibi Ka Alam Arif Saab , Abid Bhai of Bright Ads my very dear friend..my family stayed at his house when we were here for the Chehlum 2003.
The mahout is Khwajah Saab, the Alam has pouches of rare gemstones and is heavily guarded , you cant breach the security ring, and here I must pay tribute to the Andhra security forces who do a fabulously commendable job..
I knew the Senior Inspector of Mangalpura who seeing me at Hussaini Koti allowed me a better position to shoot this , I carry a Press Card too of the Bandra Samachar.
The procession traverses Yakoutpura Darwaza, Etebar Chowk,Alijah Kotla, Charminar,GulzarHouz,Panjeshah,Darul Shifa and Chaerghat...
I did the kmazani here leaping in the air with a dagger and slashing my head 4 times , there was no one to shoot me , later bleeding profusely I did Tandav on the soul of Shimr on the streets of Hyderabad with the Sunni blade cutters of Rae Bareilly.
I shot a lot of pictures but some totally smudged because of the blood that had seeped into my camera lens..I was not aware of it.. so this is my journey into the winding path of my Shia faith..
And do see the Moharam of Hyderabad once in your life time..its a moment that will live with you forever..and this as I say as a Mumbaikar with his his birth roots in the city of Lucknow..
Shah ast Hussain, Badshah ast Hussain
Deen ast Hussain, Deen Panah ast Hussain
Sardad na dad dast, dar dast-e-yazeed,
Haqaa key binaey La ila ast Hussain
Ruler is Hussain, Emperor is Hussain,
Faith is Hussain , guardian of faith is Hussain .
Offered his head and not the hand to Yazid.
Truly, the mirror of faith is Hussain
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..
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 .
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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..
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muslim beggar woman
the usual land scape
be it lucknow mumbai
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
like a bunch
of sour grapes
slits for eyes
at a stony wall
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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..
I am perhaps the only Muslim shooting Lalbaugh Chya Raja for over 20 years or more ,,thanks to Mr Sudhir Salvi head honcho of the Mandal.....
Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar Lafata Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar , originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1 ....
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banake Yeh Haseen Tajmahal Ham Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Udaya Hai Mazak.. , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Fli...
Insan Ko Bedar Ho Lene Do Har Qaum Pukaregi Hamare Hain Hussain , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.