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The Siddis of Junagadh Lost Tribe of Africa

Blanked Out

Blanked Out, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. I dont know anything , i hit my head had on the ground and lost all consciousness , I remember nothing I recall nothing..that the guy who had my camera shot this shows that he was as possessed as I was..he needed no instruction manual , he had never used a SLR ..this is the world of Metaphysics Surrealism..nothing exists and yet what does no exist is still part of existence..

The Possessed Moment of Kaif

Doing Kaif With The Siddis 2009

Doing Kaif With The Siddis 2009, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. I had given my camera to a guy from the area and he was kind enough to shoot a few frames..

The beats of the drums of the siddis can hypnotize the human soul made of clay,. they keep chanting gor gor bawa gor..


I have shot a lot of possession pictures yesterday and today, and it is a sad state of affair for the women possessed..I shot the effect of the loban smoke on these poor creatures and how the smoke bought them solace..

The women possessed will ea up the coals in the loban stand, and the colloquial saying is they have a bala on their heads, evil spirit..as photography of the women is not encouraged I manage to add their pain in my frame by using wide..

I went through the same motion of moving my head non stop at Fakhruddin Shah Babas Shrine , and collapsed on the floor.. again the drums led me on constantly //

Doing Kaif With The Siddis 2009

I Shoot What Celebrity Photographers Refuse To Shoot ..

Poets Lost Children of a Lesser God

The Possessed Man's Cry

The Possessed Man's Cry, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. chained to ancient
satanic law
flapping his chicken neck
in a devils claw
man clings to save
his drowning soul
from a locked jaw
mired waters
hope as
a last straw
as they beat him
from his putrid flesh
his dead blood draw
some who
mock laugh and guffaw
from this world of
superstitious pain
his soul wont withdraw
beating his head
breaking his head
mercy ya allah
reliving life
unliving life
a tragic life flaw

I shot this many years back on Chehlum day at Hussain Tekri Jaorah and he was hungry.. not just for food...

Cry In The Wilderness

Cry In The Wilderness, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. a home
no address
streets of pain
life's barrenness
a poem of life
words cant express
failure thy
name is success
man a burden of sorrow
beneath his dress
my pictures
a picture of time
standing still
man in distress
a fall from grace
with a few coins
they bless
poetic pathos
poetic pain
poetic angst
poetic anguish
mans humility
at gods largess
he created chaos
from silence
ahinsa from violence
need i stress
trampled by
karma
in the name
of progress

These are pictures of Hussain Tekri Jaorah , as I am posting the links to Facebook I am re seeing them in a new light call it poetry , I am updating the silence of my post..these pictures tire and sadden me but this is what I shoot and these are pictures I shot before I was influenced by Glenn Losack who shoots pain as poetically as I do..

I could write poems on his pictures as I understood the metaphor of pain in my backyard , and I could not write poems on his picture…

Khuda Hafiz Mehndi Bhai of Lucky Hotel

Khuda Hafiz Mehndi Bhai of Lucky Hotel, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. He left for his heavenly abode a few months back a devout Shia may his soul Rest In Peace

Moulah Ali Shrine Hyderabad.

Moulah Ali Shrine Hyderabad., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Perched on top of a hillock is Hyderabads famous Shrine of Hazrat Ali, followers from far and wide come here to pay their floral tributes and invoke the first Shia Imam for blessings.Beneath the Shrine at the foothills is the Shrine of his brave son Hazrat Abbas ..This is my new series I visited Hyderabad almost 5 years back, pictures shot on negatives.The first time I came to Hyderabad to shoot Ashura all by myeslf ,than I came again to shoot the Chehlum, this time with my wife Afshaan.Hyderabad the fabulous city of the Nawabs is grandeur personified , the people of Hyderabad , absolutely honest, hospitable and even the poorer lot totally humble.For the Shias of Hyderabad Moharam is a way of Life , almost Life itself.The Hyderabadi Moharam fervour is a collective ethos of spirtuality.Azadri E Hussain , is awesome here in Hyderabad.Only black shirts and clothes for the mourning period that lasts 2 mont…

Ali Dam Dam Ke Andar

The Malangs of Mumbai

We Are Malangs of Mumbai

We Are Malangs of Mumbai, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
This was shot by Marziyas mother and it is scary everyone in my house are now inspired by a 4 year old to shoot good pictures and they all shoot good pictures without any formal knowledge of photography..

Nerjis Asif Shakir 9 month is an aspiring street photographer and a malang like we read each others thoughts including thoughts of people around, I say this in humility as it is a gift, to know what is going to happen next, but we are not astrologers or face readers .. it just comes.

Younger son Saif has taken the Canon EOS 7D manual to shoot better , his muse is his daughter Zaira Saif Shakir my prettiest grand daughter 6 month old..

Marziya Shakir will troop in with Nerjis mornings she moves me away from the laptop and sconces herself with You Tube nursery rhymes ..Nerjis takes my Black Berry calls up people on my contact list by pressing the keys of her choice..

Wife is on a pilgrimage , my pilgrimage is…

The Buddhist Monks And The Dam Madar Malang

Om Mani Padme Hoon And The Barefeet Poet of Mumbai

Om Mani Padme Hoon And The Barefeet Poet of Mumbai, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ[1] (Sanskrit: ओं मणिपद्मे हूं, IPA: [õːː məɳipəd̪meː ɦũː]) is the six syllabled mantra particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Jainraisig, Chinese Guanyin), the bodhisattva of compassion. Mani means "the jewel" and Padma means "the lotus".
The mantra is especially revered by devotees of the Dalai Lama, as he is said to be an incarnation of Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara.
It is commonly carved onto rocks or written on paper which is inserted into prayer wheels, said to increase the mantra's effects.

In English the mantra is variously transliterated, depending on the schools of Buddhism as well as individual teachers.
Most authorities consider maṇipadme to be one compound word rather than two simple words[citation needed]. Sanskrit writing does not have capital lett…

Dam Madar Malang And The Buddhist Monks at Chaitya Bhoomi

Dam Madar Malang And The Buddhist Monks at Chaitya Bhoomi, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I had come here barefeet as the Shivaji Park crematorium is next to the famous Buddhist site and memorial of our beloved father of the Constitution Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

These Buddhist monks are from Kerala and were surprised that though I told them I was a Muslim I carried my Jesus stick.. and I carried my camera being an incorrigible street photographer..I try to capture the poetry of life they invariably end up as pictures ..

After a very long time I wore my black Djellaba and a bit of my jewelry , I am overtly over dressed but I was low key as I was here to attend a funeral of a friend.

I speak a wee bit of Malyali so they felt at home with me.. and one of their friends shot this picture for posterity.

Firoze Shakir Photographer No1- Good Friday

MY HIJRA PICTURES ARE NOT FOR PUBLIC VIEW ANYMORE

Haji Malang and The Hijra Connection..And My Flickr Account, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 193,385 items / 1,555,660 views

A lot of young kids guys mostly come to Haji Malng in pursuit of hijras , to befriend them taken in by their beauty charm and wealth too..

And this is a fact, documented by me as photography, and why not, spirituality may be there as one of the reasons , but hijra stalking ogling goes on unabated , a lot of guys get upset when I dont shoot them but than my frame is full of hijras I am showcasing their real life as it exists.

The hijras are connected to Ajmer Sharif and Haji Malang , as both these Saints are considered as Protectors Guardians of Hijras and mind you the hijras give away everything to the Holy Saints.. without keeping anything back and one bigot Trustee of Haji Malang was upset that I give importance to hiras at Haji Malang..why not I never claimed I was a Sufi adherent I could have come to Malangad shot the hijras gone away but …

Mr Dinesh Pai My Dear Friend Om Shanti Om RIP

Mr Dinesh Pai My Dear Friend Om Shanti Om RIP, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. The picture of me my dear departed friend Dinesh S Pai in happier times , come what may , and he was aware that my other friend Dr Bhujang Pai invites me to the GSB Seva Mandal Ganesha celebrations at Kings Circle, yet Dinesh bhai as I called him would personally invite me to take darshan and above all shoot pictures and at this venue photography is strictly prohibited ..

I shot extensively and passionately as people at Facebook those days waited for my GSB uploads and I never failed them..Sunil Shenoy and others.

However I left Facebook moved to Google+ so I link a few of my Flickr blogs here ...

I just sent his son Amit D Pai the link to my new set on Dinesh S Pai this includes the funeral and pictures of the past as unforgettable memories.

Death dies but memories remain as pictures thoughts and as poetry of Life .. and this is the purpose of my photography to share .. and this also is t…

I Shall Miss My Dear Friend Dinesh S Pai..

I Shall Miss My Dear Friend Dinesh S Pai.., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Every year he invited me to the Lords Darbar and I came barefeet in humility to document one of the finest Indian communities , the Gaud Saraswat Brahmins .. and they inspired my own beliefs as a Muslim I came to the Lord s Darbar to share his pictures as Hope and Hindutva a Message of Peace and Humanity.

And it is my Hindu friends that made me a good Muslim a good humanbeing without them I would have not been able to reach this far .. and this new set on Dinesh S Pai is my tribute to a giant of a Man..

This morning I was inconsolable I cried I wept and these pictures are testimony of his love for me and I met him through my dear friend Dr Bhujang Pai of Seven Hills Hospital..

I know this is huge loss for his family and the erstwhile GSB community of Mumbai ..

Dinesh S Pai Amar Rahen..

Mr Dinesh Pai You Shall Forever Be Missed In The Darbar of GSB Lord Ganesha King Circle