bhai pehle bikti thi gandhi topi jise pehnte the shrest neta jail ke kaidi ya aropi lekin jab se aiie aam admi ki topi ,ise pehnte hai sab behroopi aam admi ko ab sab phinate hain topi ab ise log kehte hain dharna wali topi darna mana hai takhta palat deti yeh topi.. "Main Nahin, Hum hum sab ki topi
The Medicine Man, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. here there is a cure for every ailment cough cold backpain medicine natural simple plain not like the rich mans medicine that pockets drain medicine for virility salajeet pure grain use it morning night till she cries out in pain...medicine that cures cancer aids he explains glib talker he has the buyers mind confused in chains he has medicine to cure homosexuality gradually it will wane he says you will become manly regain rich lustful desires romping with lasses in the rain..he says more methodically holistically that he is here to serve humanity not for profit or gain but he strictly stresses to the crowds no refund no exchange no discount definitively no credit no bargain....to buy his medicine he gets buyers from saudi arabia nigeria even barcelona spain than he shows a photo of him and salman khan jai ho..he cured bhaijan of his recurrent neck pain the poor public look at him admiringly buy a few packets to catc…
The River At Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. this was not what i shoot but through the waters of hope to the great holy saint of makanpur i paid my pictorial tribute god who made light shade contrasting highlights i salute i was trying to poetically escape from this water land via my minds parachute
I Take A Dip In The River At Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. I felt it was like taking a dip in the sangam memories of the maha kumbh as i swum churning the hope of yet another tomorrow holistically here i had come the flesh was willing the soul had gone numb i belong to the street poor peoples slum.. this was not my mission another mans kingdom
Hyder Ali Baba And The Malang From Bollywood, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. to different mystical worlds we belong a world combative right vs wrong fighting to come to terms the weak vs the strong a pain we prolong in a cosmic circle we try to live long till she demonic spirit of of our restless angst comes along becomes our shadow all along..
The Unique World of Dam Madar Malangs at Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. These are electrifying moments , so much is happening and all in the presence of this humble head of the Malangs of the Madariya Order of Aqsan.. Peersaab Syed Masoomi Ali Baba Madari ..women are not allowed at these gatherings but they sit and watch from far, and strangely it is the poor womenfolk who come here to seek the Blessings of the Holy Saint Zinda Shah Madar and his Malangs.
The Dhamal At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. I was here for two days and it seemed an age I was barefeet and shooting this moment of the glorious lifestyle of the Dam Madar Malangs .. and most of the Malangs are dread heads with hair hidden in a turban over 18 to 22 feet long , and it is here they open it out ..and I shot that moment too ...the most difficult moment to shoot ,,,
The Qalandri Malangs Rafaees come back to the tent of Peersaab Masoomi Baba Madari Aqsan, there was a huge spiritual discourse by Syed Rafiq Ali Baba and than the Dhamal begins rituals of body piercings etc.. and this is a momentous occasion ,this is also known as Zarb.. and the piercer presents his art to the Head of the Dam Madar Malangs.
The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Makanpur (formerly known as Khairabad) is a town in Kanpur district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Makanpur is a town in the tehsil of Bilhaur. Makanpurpur is well connected by rail and road. Araul is nearest (4km.) place of Makanpur. It is also known for the dargah shrine of the Sufi saint of Madariya Sufi order, Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar, who settled here, which makes it a center from the order. Particularly, during his annual Urs celebrations, when followers of the order from all over congregate at the shrine.
The Dam Madar Malangs At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Most of the troubled souls , possessed ,visit this Holy Shrine and the Malangs do exorcism Dua Taweez , and the crowds seeking holistic comfort are humongous mostly poor , from all over India .. there is a event called Dhamal , body piercing by the Qalandri Malangs and Rafaees than initiation of Malangs ..nearby there is a river that is great to kill the heat of the body.
Food is from langar cooked by the Malangs ,, there are stalls make shift dhabbas and people live in tents or in lodges ..the infrastructure for spiritual tourism has yet to be developed ..and the politicians have done nothing the roads are bad .. but this place for the seekers is Heaven on Earth the Holy Shrine of the Saint is shaped like the Holy Kaba ..he is over 597 years old ..
The Dam Madar Malangs At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. There is strict protocol here and hierarchy ,and every Malang order sits at the four ends of the Holy Sainta Shrine , the public dare not venture here or the Malang Kotwals will use the stick..being a part of the Aqsan order I could shoot this without any hindrance from the Malangs ..and this is a very solemn moment ,,,and the crowds inside at the back and outside tremendous ..and the entrance to the Shrine yard is a small gate .. getting in is tough getting out near impossible ,,, and you could get this shot from a building ahead , but shooting at ground level was adrenalin ,, and more ,,,Syed Rafiq Ali Baba Malang was leading the Aqsan group as Peersab Masoomi Baba is very old and had knee problems .. and this place is very crowded .. the chant of Dam Madar Beda Par resounds in the air ,,,the fragrance of rose petals and attar ..
As I belong to the Dam Madar Order and a Murid of Peersab Masoomi Ali Baba Madari Aqsan I was lucky I was documenting this Urus with my friend Marc Malang,..
This is one of my most fascinating Flickr set and spiritual journey..meeting some of the great Malangs Qalandaris and Rafaees ..living in a cramped up room with over a dozen people and for natures call heading with a bottle of water in the fields ,,, and what an experience ..