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The End Of My Lalbagh Chya Raja Series 2015 507 Images

Mr Sudhir Salvi.. Lalbagh Chya Raja - Man With A Purpose

Mr Sudhir Salvi is one of the head honchos at Lalbagh Chya Raja Mandal and I have seen him over the years a strict disciplinarian plays by the book .. his love for Lalbagh Chya Raja is ultimate .He knows me and has seen me walk with the Raja barefeet for many years from Lalbagh till Do Tanki,,but even today I have problems getting inside the Pandal,, I dont have the Lalbagh Chya Raja Press Card after documenting Lalbagh Chya Raja for over 15 years ,, I am lucky to enter the Pandal on the first day and Visarjan day thanks to the volunteers who know that there is a Muslim bhakt of Lalbagh Chya Raja who documents their Lord with a passion and dedication .not for money gain or fame all my Lalbagh Chya Raja pictures are at Flickr ,and I shoot the myriad moods of Raja his beloved followers he humble volunteers and his devoted Karyakartas ,, Even this year it ws difficult to enter the Pandal with the Mumbai Police cops totally insensitive rude and arrogant .. this is not the way of Lord Gan…

Lalbagh Chya Raja Leaves For Visarjan 27 September 2015

A Message To Those Arty Photographers Shooting Idols Lying On The Beach After Immersion ...

I once had a very serious problem a few  years back I accidentally shot the Lalbagh Chya Raja moving into the sea at about 4 am ..and I was caught by some Marathi boys and a few ruffians they thought I had shot the idols lying on the beach ..and I was wearing a Lalbagh Chya Raja cap with my Press card had a name that was Muslim , they all ganged up against me a few were drunk too and handed me over to the cops on the beach I told the inspector to my check my images on the monitor if there was any picture shot by me of the idol on the beach take whatever action he deemed fit but the guys pressurized him, they thought I was a terrorist wearing saffron shooting the Visarjan ..I told the Inspector he could call Mrs Shatrughan Sinha she would vouch for me.. but the Inspector deleted my pictures with a sage warning would I like strangers shooting my dead parents bodies if they were lying on the beach.
I was left of he did not confiscate my camera not did he levy a fine those days for shoot…

Lalbagh Chya Raja Visarjan Arti 2015

Lalbagh Chya Raja Visarjan Arti 2015

I left my house at 6 am and reached Lower Parel barefeet dressed in saffron and today first time it was impossible to enter the Lalbagh Chya Pandal from any of the gates , the cops were heartless rude arrogant despite having a press card ..one of them had the nerve to tell if Modi comes we wont let him in. However God and Ganesha were on my side even my friend Ashish who helped me during the last visarjan could nor take me in.. but a guy spotted me and he was a resident of the buildings near the Pandal he let me enter with him.. I took the same corner I had taken on the first day and shot the festive moment and a few videos , I was lucky to meet my friend Sagar Bekal and Vinay Parelkar . Vinay and I stuck together but we get lost in the crowds .. I met my friend Hemant Sawant Ganesh Color Lab Lalbagh ,his daughters Siyali and Sonali with their dad were shooting the Ganeshas heading for Girgaum Chowpatty for Visarjan on a huge ladder . I rested at his studio than walked to Lower Parel…