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Shooting The Dam Madar Malangs at Makanpur UP 2013

I came here accidentally .. more of a divine intervention barring Moharam I hardly go out of Mumbai ..Moharam takes me to different cities of India .
And Ajmer Sharif I visit during the Urus ,,some of the Dargahs I visited in India too happened accidentally visiting Dewa Sharif . Mira Datar Unjha .
I used to go to Haji Malang but because of my diabetic condition swelling on my feet I am unable to reach the top..I am trying to build my stamina through tennis of late .
Makanpur first visit was a tough trip getting of at Kanpur changing various rickshas than reaching by bus to Airiol and finally my destination,. at Makanpur you can go on shooting till you drop dead ,, Malangs from all over India ,, paying tribute to the Dargah of Zinda Shah Madar ,, as I lived with Malangs it was not that tough for me ,, The Dhamal at Makanpur is out of the world ,, led by the Rifais and the Qalandris ,,they pay homage to to Masoomi Baba and show their skills he rewards them..there are Malangs living he…

Kashmiri Pandit Bawa Malang

I have not met him since last few years , this was shot in 2010 at Haji Malang.

He does not mix with people stays to himself but got along well with me and he is extremely photogenic , he is a Malang.

He is a Hindu Kashmiri .. but taking solace in Sufism.

My Guru and Me ..Man Kunto Maulah Ya Ali Ya Ali

More than the Indian photographers its the foreign photographers that have documented the Malangs , foreigners from Poland France Holland walking with the Malangs from Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah Delhi with the Standard of the Great Saint Khwajah Garib Nawaz till Ajmer though most of the Malangs like Masoom Ali Baba Rifaee and the Qalandaris walk from Kalliar Sharif Panipat via Delhi to Ajmer Sharif,, this is an age long tradition once they hand over the Standard the following day the Ajmer Urus begins ,, The Makanpur Urus of the head of the Madariyya order does not have many foreigners as there is no boarding lodging near the Shrine people live in makeshift tents and some in rented houses but it it totally totally packed ,, here it is complete Malang territory , Malangs are initiated upgraded , and they are made Khalifas of their order even the new initiates have to go to a river near the Holy Shrine get cleansed and the rituals start , the new initiate begs from the crowds.. I have doc…

The Man of Peace - Peer Sayed Masoom Ali Shah Baba Malang Madari Asqan

Syed Masoomi Baba head of the Asqan branch of the Dam Madar Malang has the longest dreadhead ..more than 20 feet , and the day they literally let down their hair on the main day of the Urus of Zinda Madar Shah at Makanpur Holy Shrine Syed Masoomi Baba stayed back at his asthana .. enclosure as he was not well and is in frail health he is over 80 years old , he has hip bone problem,. he is not active as he was about 10 years back.,. but he travels to Makanpur Ajmer accompanied by Syed Rafiq Baba his confidante and right hand malang .

They are always together ,at Ajmer or Makanpur the seat of their iconic Sufi order ..their dress code is black top black turban but a white lungi beneath.. a must.. I had a problem with a few malangs who objected to my wearing all black.. so I wear my tiger printed shalwar , but have also made a white shalwar for occasions when Malangs are felicitated by the head Khadims of Makanpur dargah.

Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak Ace Polish Photographer blessed by the malangs

We met at Ajjmer and this unique humble photographer was shooting Ajmer on a disposable Kodak camera ,,,he was blessed by Syed Masoomi Baba


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Dam Madar Malangs at Ajmer

He Fed My Body And My Soul

he taught me to be humble 
respect elders and the old 
in face of adversity he told 
me be bold ..knowledge
wisdom the only wealth
its weight in gold
my sufi guru a malang
made me see through
a blindfold he called it
the cosmic eye , shoot
behold a moment in
destiny's hold within
your reach within your
control ..shoot the flesh
but dont forget to steal
the soul.. part and whole

Shooting Mystical India .. Dam Madar Malangs of India

As a peoples photographer right from the earliest years I decided to shoot diverse ethnicity ,,not for money gain or profit just for my own personal curiosity and satisfaction,, So I began documenting the lifestyle of the Rifai body piercing order , I followed them from Shrine to Shrine..I endeared myself to the Rifai adherents .. and as mentioned earlier I met the Malangs at Ajmer and thus began my tryst with this unique Sufi order with old traditions and Sufi heritage .. In Mumbai too I shot the whippers of Ma Ambe , who beat their bodies and beg .. I shot the transgender hijras over 20000 images disabled from public view . I began shooting Muslim beggars ...the Tamil devotees of Goddess Marriammen in Mumbai shooting their cheek piercings , hooks on their backs as they pulled cars trucks on the Mumbai streets . I shot diverse Faith ..and surely I decided to shoot the Naga Sadhus and the Kumbh and Maha Kumbh Mela . The Malangs was untapped source of my pictorial curiosity ,,so I bec…

The Dam Madar Malangs At Ajmer

The World Of Dam Madar Malangs At Ajmer

Peersab  Syed Masoomi Baba ..has met an ex President of India and many friends of politicians  Hindus Sikhs are connected to him but he lives in austerity , he wears two watches on  both hands sometimes I never asked him why ,, he will take what you give but does not ask money or beg for anything.. and so people flock to him to pray for them .

He wears the same rough shirt , a white lungi , maybe he has two sets but it hardly matters , he does not have gold on his body ..an old pair of slippers and austere life of an ascetic .. he is soft spoken polite but if somebody irritates him he can lash out a volley of worlds ..even the Hijra bawas flock to  him..

He blesses people that kiss his hands , accepts the sweets that they give , which he distributes to his Murids and the pilgrims at Char Yar Masjid cum cemetery ..

His right hand Murid Syed Rafiq Baba likes me a lot , he is also fascinated with photography, but he never calls me by my name , he calls me Maulaiee ,, follower of Imam Al…