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The Holi Series Worli Koliwada Comes To An End

The Holi Series Worli Koliwada Comes To An End, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 121,063 items / 790,985 views

Pandurang Kalikhan dropped us at the taxi stand , Jean Marc left for his hotel I returned home at midnight I posted pictures till 3 am , hit the sack woke up at 6 am again began uploading the pictures at my Flickr photostream, all part of my Hope and Hindutva Collection.

And Jesus and Mother Mary always keeps an eye on me wherever I go as you can see by the backdrop of this picture.

This series of 476 pictures was the most beautiful memories I captured of a peaceful community , this is my humble tribute to the Koli community of Mumbai.

And I am grateful that I shot this along with the worlds most artistic prolific photographer mater at creativity Monsieur Jean Paul Gargantiel of Reunion and France.

That he visits my city for the first time is an honor and a sense of joy and happiness too.

I met Jean Paul on Buzznet and we have been friends on the internet for la…

Me Dancing With The Kolis

Me Dancing With The Kolis, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. It was an honor to shake my legs and my barefeet , pictures of this dance were shot by my French friend Jean Marc Gargantiel at Worli Koliwada where we celebrated Holi with Manjula and Pandurang Kalikhan , and their large family and relatives and savored Koli hospitality love and parampara.

I shot 476 pictures in this series as my tribute to the Koli ethos of Mumbai.

And this is the first time in several years I did not celebrate Holi and the bullock cart race at Alibagh with Jayant Dhulap and his family.

Me Dancing With The Kolis

Me Dancing With The Kolis, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. It was an honor to shake my legs and my barefeet , pictures of this dance were shot by my French friend Jean Marc Gargantiel at Worli Koliwada where we celebrated Holi with Manjula and Pandurang Kalikhan , and their large family and relatives and savored Koli hospitality love and parampara.

I shot 476 pictures in this series as my tribute to the Koli ethos of Mumbai.

And this is the first time in several years I did not celebrate Holi and the bullock cart race at Alibagh with Jayant Dhulap and his family.

Me Dancing With The Kolis

Me Dancing With The Kolis, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I could not hold myself back, the Kolis are born dancers nobody can dance like them , and dance and connects them to time and eternity..

It was an honor to shake my legs and my barefeet , pictures of this dance were shot by my French friend Jean Marc Gargantiel at Worli Koliwada where we celebrated Holi with Manjula and Pandurang Kalikhan , and their large family and relatives and savored Koli hospitality love and parampara.

I shot 46 pictures in this series as my tribute to the Koli ethos of Mumbai.

And this is the first time in several years I did not celebrate Holi and the bullock cart race at Alibagh with Jayant Dhulap and his family.

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Apne Ap Ko Ag Main Jalata Hoon

Apne Ap Ko Ag Main Jalata Hoon, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 120,966 items / 790,740 views

tumhari yad main
apne ap ko ag
main jalata hoon
though I have deleted you
from my consciousness
tumhe bhula nahi
pata hoon
lab pe athi ek bat
kehte hue ghabrata hoon
tum kisi aur ko chahti ho
main tumhe chahta hoon
tumhare darr se door
raheguzar main reh jata hoon
jalta hoon aur buj
nahi pata hoon

Aiee Wadilacha Ashirwad

The Koli Parampara and Pride

The Koli Parampara and Pride, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the waters
of the oceans
in their souls
they wont hide
koli hospitality tradition
koli parampara and pride
their husbands
their fathers
brothers uncles
netting fishing
time and tide
facing natures fury
storm tsunami
cloud burst
from inside and outside
but lord ganesha
the remover of obstacles
by their side
on the crest of
a wave of peace
they ride
their mothers
guarding the
bombils bangdas
they have put
to dry
giving shradanjali
to their ancestors
who lived honestly
honestly died
their children
with the same
love affection
wisdom guide
the worli nakwa
searching for
a chimbai bride
the kolis of mumbai
the pride of our seaside
their boats of freedom
at our dockside
the kolis of mumbai
famous worldwide
from the depth
of my humble soul
I have through
a picture
poetically
described
I have written
this with tears
in my eyes

dedicated to the Kolis of Worli Koliwada for their love affection shown to me and my F…

Cheers Jai Maharashtra Jai Koli Samaj

Cheers Jai Maharashtra Jai Koli Samaj, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Both Jean Marc and I dont drink so we had Pepsi toasting the spirit of Mumbai ..Jai Maharashtra at Worli Koliwada on Holi Day and the lady in blue is Manjula Koli my adopted sister who had invited us here to share in their joy and happiness.

Manjula stays at Worli Koliwada but sells fish at Bandra Bazar Fish Market., Manjula is very close to my 2 year old grand daughter Marziya Shakir.

The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai

The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai

The Birth of a Koli Marziya Shakir

The Birth of a Koli Marziya Shakir, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. A child is a product of his or her surroundings , Marziya Shakir has grown with the Kolis of Bandra Bazar Road in the laps of her favorite koli Aunty Manjula , who lives at Worli Koliwada but sells fish at Bandra Bazar Fish market.


Now 2 years old Marziya leads by my finger to the fish market we beat our stress here , yes we both love fish to eat and fish smell soothes our hearts and souls.

Marziya does not get scared of fish, she has touched most of them , and because I grew up among the fisher folks and Tandels of Sassoon Docks at Colaba , my grand daughter takes after me.

Bandra Bazar Fishmarket is the filthiest and ugliest most neglected fish market of Mumbai and I hope when I am dead and gone and Marziya comes here with her children to refresh memories of her dead grand father the condition of the market and the Kolis of this Bazar would have improved hopefully.

I am crying as I write this someti…

The Kolis of Mumbai

The Kolis of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
The Koli community is an ethnic group found throughout India. Kolis are found in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and rest of India. In Maharashtra they are found in the coastal regions of Maharashtra. They are also one of the original inhabitants of Greater Mumbai, which comprises the seven islands of Bombay [1]. In Gujarat, the Koli community is mainly located in the southern portion of the state, particularly around the cities of Surat, Navsari and Valsad. Most are farmers or fishers, as in Mumbai and Maharashtra.

In Maharashtra the Kolis almost exclusively speak Marathi language, though some Koli communities speak a variant dialect of Marathi. The Kolis of Mumbai are dispersed all over the city, especially along the western coast of the city. The Kolis of Vasai are Hindu and Christian, though both belong to the Marathi ethnic group. The community has several subcastes , the prominent ones are Koli kolis, …

Happy Holi From the Kolis of Worli Koliwada

Jean Marc With Love From France To Worli Koliwada

East and West Do Meet in Photography

East and West Do Meet in Photography, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Jean Marc Gargantiel aka Dtunken Gekko or El Gekko and me at Worli Koliwada shooting the burning of the Holi feast celebrated by the Koli samaj or Mumbais fishing community in spiritual gusto and camaraderie.

Lots of dance good time fun and frolic.

A white man and a light dark man happy shooting it, yes east and west do meet on the heart and soul of photography.

According to me photographers are the Apostles of God his chosen children, God has created a world we recreate it and make it visible we show you what existed but you never saw, we play with light and shade, we paint Gods world , we present it to you on the parched humility of your restless soul.

Yes photography is not just a fine art science or technique photography is the ultimate tribute to God by man his finest creation.

And it is 6.30 am Mumbai time I have barely slept three hours to share all this with you, I blog I dont keep anything b…

Ap Sab Ko Holi Mubarak Kehte Hain

Ap Sab Ko Holi Mubarak Kehte Hain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. ap sab ko holi mubarak kehte hain
han yeh bat sach hai hum raste pe
rehte hain hamare rang hamare sang
nali main behte hain jo bhagwan deta
hai 'hum hathon ki thali par lete hain
jalte hain aur zindagi ke naye rang
ubharte hain mamta ki ad
main sada mar mit te hain
waqt ki lathi se pit te hain


dedicated to Nabila Khanam who posted a gem of a comment on this picture at Flickr


nabila4art Pro User says:

Striking green color on bleak street. you are enviable for your street shots, Firoz

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Holi At Worli Koliwada 2010

Holi At Worli Koliwada 2010, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 120,591 items / 790,084 views


I was invited to celebrate the burning of Holika at Worli Koliwada by Manjula Koli who sells fish at Bandra Bazar Fish market and is my adopted Koli sister very close to my 2 year grand daughter Marziya Shakir whom she dotes on.

I had met Manjula this morning at the Bandra Bazar Market and had told her that I would bring my photographer friend Jean Marc or Drunken Gekko or El Gekko along with me , that pleased her very much, Koli hospitality is part of the Koli tradition of Love Peace Hope Harmony.

So I took a train reached Churchgate picked up Monsieur Jean Marc and headed to Worli Koliwada by cab , I had never shot this event at Worli, though I had shot it a few years back at Mahim and Versova fishing village.

We had a glorious time the Kolis of Worli Koliwada loved Jean Marc and each one kept inquiring if he wanted anything to eat or drink..Manjula her husaband Pandurang a…

On The Wings Of Angels

On The Wings Of Angels, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 120,589 items / 790,062 views

on the wings of angels
my message of peace
embedded as hope
in a picture flies
touching her soul
dropping dead
before it dies
in the wretchedness
of her heart
carbonized steel
it pays a price
at her feet
another man lies
grovels begs and cries
love a lonely hunter
preys in disguise
although
i have deleted her
from my consciousness
she holds
my deathly soul
in a deadly vice
i beseech
her with truth
she lives on lies
hand maiden
of the lord of flies
her silence
on my soul
of misfortune
another day buys
every day a new
surprise