So in many ways Lucknow and Hyderabad are the main pillars of this important aspect of life.. In the olden days in Lucknow young Nawabs would be sent to the homes of courtesans to learn adab and tehzeeb.
I made these kids pose for me after seeing each one bend low offer adaab or salutations to the people that had come to attend their 8 Moharam majlis at Hussaini Koti Hyderabad but as I cannot post all my stuff at Facebook, just see this at Flickr..
I could have gone on shooting them forever.. this is the way tradition is nurtured by Nawabi families..this is how heritage is kept alive, this is not just about being Muslim , and no cheek and jowl among the radicals and the white collared Wahabbis , Shias are not even considered Muslim, ill treated , abused because of their customs because of the…
Here the palace is worth seeing age old relics alams received as bravery in war by the forefathers of the Nawab..And you can only see this during Moharam.
They have a Majlis e Aza on 9 Moharam I shot it in 2003 ..it is the ancestral Alams carried around a pit of fire..I had slept almost at the edge of the fire and shot this moment..burning up all the back elements of my Nikon 20 mm AF lens ..
As a Shia Fire Blood Air and Water seem to be a part of our spiritual consciousness
Pain That Binds Us All.., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I had requested Nawab Saab to pose with me but he was uncomfortable , the message here at Hussaini Koti is a message of Peace through Ghame Hussain..these Nawabs are totally low profile and dont push their royal past or their credentials up your throat..
You must see the kids of the Nawabs I shot them extensively, greeting everyone with heads bowed for coming to this Majlis e Aza..
And I show you a world as photo journalist photo blogger , a world you may not see unless you are invited ..you cant just bring in your camera and start shooting pictures here..most of the venues strictly prohibit entry to Non Muslims..
And I will digress here , this morning after leaving Marziya my grand daughter to her play school..I met an old acquaintance a Sister from the order of Mother Theresa in Mumbai , she has a small kiosk opp the Bandra Municipal offices, we got talking and I told her about the neglected uncared for Umbr…
8 Moharam at Hussaini Koti 2009 Hyderabad, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I am with Nawab Saab brother of late Rashid Ali Khan, I am poor with names as I suffer from a ver bad diabetic affected memory, but Syed Ghazanfer Ali Khan son of late Rashid Ali Khan has promised to give me the Hussaini Koti history and the names of all the Nawabs living and those of his ancestors..
Nawab Syed Askar Ali Khan of Shariyar Ul Mulk Palace where I was invited for the 8 Moharam Hazri is closely connected to this family of Hussaini Koti..
And after I shot these pictures including that of their Majlis and juloos I never could meet them at all..
The alams of Hussaini Koti are very old heirlooms and you will never see such grandeur anywhere ..the Alams are viewed only during Moharam ..and the 8 Moharam of Hussaini Koti is a moment of a life time for a Shia..
The Alam of Hazrat Abbas is carried on a horse by the young scion of the Nawabs and finally bought back to the haveli ,unfortunate…
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