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Shooting The Hijra Sandal With Kamini and My Hijra Guru Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Shooting The Hijra Sandal With Kamini and My Hijra Guru Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 236,532 items / 1,977,196 views

I shot the hijra sandal pictures with Raveena hijra , Kamini hijra and my Hijra Guru Laxmi Narayan Tripathi dancing to the mesmerizing beats of the drums , the crowds were surging and with so many pretty hijras moving their pendulous hips and their bounteous chests it was a moment in frenzy, I was barefeet , hopping on one feet because the roads were hot and the sweltring heat the sweat and and the push the pull drove the people around bonkers.

Marc Malang too was silently shooting away merged with the background and mobile phones videographing the free for all dance of the hijras.. this was one of my finest street moments and stealing the souls of the hijras ..

Kamini was dressed in green making the other hijra envious and green too, I was short on memory cards but I managed to shoot the dancing procession , till the hijr…

Urus of Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gulbarga Sharif Karnataka

Urus of Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gulbarga Sharif Karnataka, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gesu Daraz (name at birth: Syed Muhammad Hussaini) (July 13, 1321 -November 1, 1422), was a famous Sufi saint from India of Chishti Order, who advocated understanding, tolerance and harmony among various religious groups.

Gisu Daraz was a murid (disciple) of the noted Sufi saint of Delhi, Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi, who in turn was a disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya, the spiritual master of Delhi. After the death of his master, Chiragh Dehlavi, Gisu Daraz took on the mantle of the successor (khalifa). Thus later on when he moved to Daulatabad around 1398, owing to the attack of Timur on Delhi, he took the Chishti Order to South India. He finally settled down in Gulbarga, at the invitation of Bahamani King, 'Taj ud-Din Firuz Shah' (r. 1397-1422).

Biography
He was born Syed Mohammed Hussaini in Delhi in 1321. At the age of four, his family s…

Naina Hijra The Uncrowned Beauty Of Najafgarh

Naina Hijra The Uncrowned Beauty Of Najafgarh, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I find Naina looks stunning without makeup as her skin has a natural glow and Naina loves whites , and simplicity , her wish getting marred settling down as a normal housewife..

And among the hijra community one person that genuinely cares for me is Naina , whenever i met her she will offer me breakfast , tea and will tell a guy to see that I am provided for with water or snacks.

She is a true friend and our friendship goes down many years when I first met her climbing the Haji Malang mountains I was barefeet and she was concerned and kind and gave me a band aid for the cuts on my feet thus began our friendship and mutual respect for each other.

This year at Haji Malang she was staying downhill and invited me to their Niyaz I could not make it , at Ajmer I took most of her head shots sans make up.

And so we meet at both these Urus ..and share a great bond .. as humanbeings.

Soma The Dark Dusky Hijra From Delhi

Soma The Dark Dusky Hijra From Delhi, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 236,530 items / 1,977,157 views

If memory serves me right I think I first met Soma at the All India Hijra conference at Park site Vikhroli, I was dressed as a sadhu and had been bodily thrown out by the hijras for entering their conclave all be it with a Press Card many years back my earliest tryst documenting the hijras of India.. as a neglected abused community and highly misunderstood one too.

However Santosh Shetty social activist adopted son of Hijra Guru Ma Madhurima gave me permission and I shot the hijras up close and strangely it was friend Laxmi NarayaN tripathoi who told me to go there much before she became my hijra guru.

It was here I mtr Soma who befriended me she was originally from Mumbai relocated to Delhi with the Najafgarh hijras of Babita and Gopal haji.

She fed me and saw that I was not hassled by the other notorious fist fighting hijras who hate photographers dressed like sadhus…

Kamini Hijra and Me

Kamini Hijra and Me, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 236,529 items / 1,977,135 views

I first met Kamini at Haji Malang she was there with a friend Khushi a hijra stylist from Delhi .
Kamini had come to Haji Malang at the invitation of my hijra guru Laxmi Narayan Tripathi.
Kamini is a hijra with beauty grace and comes from a highly cultured background , I never till date asked her any personal questions I dont even know her surname.

But as a photographer I enjoyed shooting Kamini she is a natural born model, and she hardly mixes around , she is a fabulously gifted dancer , she is well endowed and the few that know her , will find she is kind hospitable and religiously god fearing.

Having met Kamini at Ajmer over the years she stopped coming to Haji Malang I never asked her a number or her address , and frankly there was never time to get chatty or sociable .

And at Ajmer I mostly met her hosting the Niyaz to the Holy Saint Garib Nawaz or dancing on the streets along with…

Mona The Child Eunuch and Priti Hijra

Mona The Child Eunuch and Priti Hijra, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 236,528 items / 1,976,980 view

I have been shooting the life of Mona the child eunuch since several years she was very tiny when I first shot her many years back at the All India Hijra Sammelan at Park Site Vikhroli .

And than as I bean documenting the hijra ethos at Haji Malang and Ajmer I met Mona with her foster parents Gopal Haji and Babita hijra.

Mona has a sibling another eunuch child called Nandini I shot her too, mona is more boyish while Nandini is overtly femininie.

This year Nandini her parents Gopal Haji and Babita were missing at the Ajmer Urus.

So I shot Mona her chela Raveena Naina Soma and other hijra damsels from the Najafgarg gharana of hijras.

Mona would be searching for her pictures on the net but than I have shut my pictures from public view and this one thumbnail I am posting for Mona.

My hijra pictures shot this year in Ajmer 2012 and my older hijra sets collections blogs poems …