Please Teach Photography To Your Children To Keep Our Shia Heritage Alive As Blogs, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Within seconds the majlis floor becomes a arena for the matamdars, people disprese to the sides the alams and other taburakats take the round of the hall.. this end is the zanjir matam and to my other end closer to the podim the kama matam begins .. I normally in the very beginning shot from the raised platform now I shoot from ground zero but cautious and careful I wrong move and you cut be dangerously cut by a flying blade.
However this time after I shot the zanjir matam kama matam I went on the raised platform and shot the fervor ambiance ,,,
And I reiterate I shoot my Shia images for non Muslims my foreigner friends so they can understand the story of our pain, our faith as Shias you guys were born with all this and know it from your mothers womb I educate others about my Faith through pictures and this is not my attempt into spiritual semantics ,,
I was rushing to Mr Shatrughan Sinhas house in the daytime , and it was an urgent work as I was leaving for Delhi.. I could not get a ricksha so I walked out from Boran Road , I saw this old Muslim Man and he was real old , I told him either Juhu or 16 Road Bandra .. because I thought if I met my son in law I would go to Juhu on his scooter .
While the riksha drove the ricksha guy . told me that Sab Ka Maulh Hussain , Duniya Ka Malkik Hussain and began beating his chest with one hand ..I did not know he was a Shia he was wearing khaki.
And it turned out he was from Vakola and was just waiting to finish his chores and rush to town to give pursa or mourn for the Mother of Hussain.
When my son in law met me he came with the scooter I gave him the entire fare for Juhu , he deserved it.. he reinvigorated my faith in Humanity this simple man from Vakola.. he did not know me but he had sensed that the fragrance from m…
I Give You Back Your Childhood Through My Pictures, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. And there is a story here ..the child has come with his dad he will carry his first alam at Kaisar bagh and I did not know .. only when I returned home I saw my son Saif , he had made his one year old daughter Zinnia Fatma carry her first alam for the first time at Kaisar Bagh.. and I realized I was shooting this memory for each one of you.
My other two grand daughters have the heritage of Lucknow Kazmaiin Nerjis and Marziya so their tapestry of Hussainiyat is very different from Zinnia Fatima whose heritage is Mumbai.
So I shoot kids and give you back your childhood... every moment that you spent from 1 Moharam to 9 Moharam at Kaisar Bagh...
And I did not have this childhood sadly I was bought up at Wodehouse Road no elder brother no uncles , a busy dad who would bring me here .. I discovered Kaisar Bagh in my teens .
For me as a Lucknow born Shia living in Mumbai since 1 year old i…
I was to leave at midnight by the Dehradun Express to shoot Moharam Ashura in Delhi with my gifted nephew ace photographer Adnan Abidi but last minute I did not get a seat so I have aborted this trip and shall leave for another city tom...if I get the ticket . In the mean time I shot eve of 7 Moharam at Kaisar Bagh. tonight....Martyrdom of Hazrat Qasim son of Imam Hassan.. in the Battle of Karbala. I keep my Chhath documentary on hold ..till after Ashura.
So I will post whatever I can before I leave tomorrow to shoot the Spirit of Hussain in another city for me Hindustan is my Karbala I do not possess the cosmic luck of my wife she is called to Karbala every year ..