Sunday, September 13, 2015

Nerjis Asif Shakir 4 Year Old Shoots Mount Mary Fair Today ,,




This evening I took Nerjis Asif Shakir my 4 year old granddaughter youngest Canon user to shoot the Mount Mary Fair , it was crowded but that did not intimidate her she shot most of the street shots and inside the Shrine too ,,, some shots I took her in my arms and let her shoot it ,. She shot ACP Kadam Sab and Bandra Senior Inspector Dhavale sab she shot the candle stalls , the flower seller kids the beggars and the chana and sweet shops . she shot ace photographer Satish Malavade too..by the time she finished her plane ride at the fair I had to carry her home in my arms .

She shot the Mount Mary Fair last year too..

This is her new set at Flickr ..on my photo stream.

Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko, mardo ne use bajar diya



Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko, mardo ne use bajar diya
 Jab jee chaha masla kuchla, jab jee chaaha dutkar diya
 Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko.....

 Tultee hai kahee dinaro me, bikatee hai kahee bajaaro me
 Nangee nachvaayee jaatee hai, aiyyasho ke darbaaro me
 Yeh woh beijjat chij hai jo, bant jaatee hai ijjatdaaro me
 Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko.....

 Mardo ke liye har julm raavan, aurat ke liye rona bhee khata
 Mardo ke liye laakho seje, aurat ke liye bas ek chita
 Mardo ke liye har aish kaa hak, aurat ke liye jina bhee saja
 Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko.....

 Jin hotho ne inako pyaar kiya, unn hotho kaa vyopaar kiya
 Jis kokh me inaka jism dhala, uss kokh kaa karobaar kiya
 Jis tan se uge kopal ban kar, uss tan ko jalilo khar kiya
 Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko.....

 Mardo ne banayee jo rasme, unako hak kaa farmaan kaha
 Aurat ke jinda jalane ko, kurbaanee aur balidaan kaha
 Kismat ke badle rotee dee, aur usako bhee ehsaan kaha
 Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko.....

 Sansaar kee har ik besharmee, ghurbat kee god me palatee hai
 Chaklo hee me aake rukatee hai, fako me jo raah nikalatee hai
 Mardo kee havas hai jo aksar, aurat ke paap me dhalatee hai
 Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko.....

 Aurat sansaar kee kismat hai, phir bhee takdir kee hetee hai
 Avtaar payambar janatee hai, phir bhee shaitaan kee betee hai
 Yeh woh badkismat mann hai jo, beto kee sej pe letee hai
 Aurat ne janam diya mardo ko.....

sahir sadhna




You Shoot What You Want I Simply Shoot India


An Ecstatic Moment For The Naga Sadhus Called Shahi Snan




As I write this with nostalgia I am in Mumbai at home while the second Shahi Snan 13 September is right now happening at Trimbakeshwar an impressionable moment as a photographer if you have not shot it you have missed something .. and you have to be destined to shoot the chaos the cacophony and the rising decibels the blare of the loudspeakers all drowned by the power of the chant of Har Har Mahadev..


I have been getting calls from my Naga Guru Shree Vijay Giri Maharajs main disciple Mashesh Bhardwaj.. he has been documenting all the Kumbhs with my Guru on video.. I was earlier not a video man but videos add an extra living dimension to the story of the Kumbh one of the greatest event for the Hindus ,,and for all of us a cultural phenomenon ..which gets a lot of mileage from the foreign photographers capturing every single moment.
Mahesh Bhardwaj is very fond of me since we first met at the Nasikh Kumbh in 2003 and he is the guy standing on a stick while my Guru did LIng Kriya ,, this time I shot a video of the Ling Kriya on You Tube ,,

Mahesh Bhardwaj was trying to tempt me to come back to Trimbakeshwar for the second Shahi Snan today 13 September ,, but it was not possible as much as I wanted I had work commitments , I thought some miracle would pull me there but it did not happen...as a photographer the Kumbh Mela is my passion ,,and I am lucky I shot the first Shahi Snan 29 September 2015 .. over 2800 images with videos .
So hopefully I will try to go on the last final Shahi Snan 25 September 2015 at Trimbakeshwar...Mahesh is saddened by the fact that at the first Shahi Snan they all took the dip with our Naga Guru excepting me as I had got lost in the crowds ,,with an injury on my leg and limping I could not catch up with them and ended with Swamiji Avdesh Anand Ji Maha Mandleshwar Juna Akhara s procession going for the Holy Dip.. it got me entry into the Kund and whole lot of Naga pictures .. disabled from public view at Flickr because of frontal nudity ,,,


So this is a memory of a Shahi Snan the Nagas become little kids leaping jumping in the waters of the Kund they become one with Shiva and he enters their bodies removing all inhibitions .. as this kund is very small and time the major spoiler they have to get our of the Kund before the next Akhara enters ,, all seamlessly taken care by the Nasikh Kumh Mela authorities...The mortals the public gets its chance once the Naga Sadhus and other Akharas have taken their dip..
Having shot the Shahi Snan at the Sangam Allahabad ..a huge sprawling area ..the Trimakeshwar Kumbh is a bigger challenge as it is small in size and totally completely over packed
..
Mrutyunjayaaya Rudraaya
Neelakantaaya Shambhave
Amriteshaaya Sarvaaya
Mahadevaaya Te Namaha
Meaning: I pray to Lord Mahadeva who has conquered death, who is the destroyer of the universe, who has a blue neck and who gives happiness to all....


This post is my humble tribute to my Hindu brothers my friends without them their constant love support encouragement I would be lacking in my art as a peoples culture photographer ,, the Kumbh Mela ,,,gave me an insight into the Hope Harmony Peace Humanity that is part of Great India .. living in mutual coexistence beyond caste color or creed.

The Hospitality of The Qureshi Brothers Khalid Babu Qureshi Imran Babu Qureshi













This evening I was invited by my dear friend Khalid Bhai a dinner to commemorate the departure of his brother Imran Bhai for Haj.. at Rizvi College .
Khalid Bhais late father Babu Qureshi sab used to walk at Joggers Park and we were walking friends , he was one of the finest human beings , noble of character and loved my dress sense and we were close as those days I was staying at Ranwar with Agnes Pereira on rent ,,and Babu sab was building the iconic Quraishi Heights at Veronica street .. This is where I met Kahlid bhai too and than after Babu sab sad demise .. I recently met Khalid Bhai when I went to visit Mr Yusuf Lakdawala at his house ,, Yusuf bhai had some work..with me ,, now both the Qureshi brothers are my Facebook and Twitter friends .
I shot these pictures on my HTC Desire 826 ,, the dinner was awesome and a lavish spread I met some old friends and than Mr Raj Kumar Santoshiji walked in he was very happy to see me , he had given me a break as an actor in China Gate and Phata Poster Nikla Hero.. I was waiting for Mr Yusuf Lakdawala my mentor , as he had not arrived I left ,, thanking both the great brothers ,, they possess the same humility as their father Mr Sanjay Dutt had come too but I missed him by a few minutes , Thank You Khalid Bhai and Imran Bhai .. safe journey ,,Ijtimase Dua...

Lalbaugh Chya Raja Mukut Darshan 2019

I am perhaps the only Muslim shooting Lalbaugh Chya Raja for over 20 years or more ,,thanks to Mr Sudhir Salvi head honcho of the Mandal.....