Wednesday, December 2, 2015
I shoot a lot of street stories , I shoot them as pictures , I try not to add words but than a circle of overseas Flickr friends ,,,would be deprived of the richness and the wonderful fabric of Indias dreamers ,, so I add my few bits as prose or poetry ,,
I have been mostly shooting street barbers , hajams moving about with their tin box of tools and most of this segment of barbers in Bandra know me very well.. simply because I shoot them , some get annoyed while I shoot them working but others are more forgiving ,,
My minds eye spots barbers faster than my mythical cosmic camera , and without hesitation I shoot a few frames .
As you all know the largest gathering of barbers in Mumbai happens during the Pitru Paksha festival at Banganga ,, I never miss it ,,
The next place I liked shooting barbers was Allahabad on the banks of the Ganges during Maha Kumbh..religious tonsure is what I really like to shoot ..
There is a lot of religious tonsure at some Sufi dargahs that are visited by the Hindus like Haji Malang ,, where the devotee offers his shaved head as obeisance to the Holy Saint ,,a strand of hair goes to the Shrine ,,
The few saloon stalls I shoot , close to my house , but the most prolific are the street barbers of Lal Mitti Bandra Reclamation.. predominantly most of the barbers are migrants from North India Uttar Pradesh.
Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.
I salute that remover of obstacles,
Who has modakas in his hand
Who always bestows salvation
Who wears a part of moon on his head
Who protects this world which is varied,
Who is the leader of those who cannot be lead,
Who is the cause of destruction of asuras,
And who destroys all things which are not good.
Natetaraati Bheekaram Navoditaarka Bhaasvaram
Namat Suraari Nirjanam Nataadhi Kaapa Duddharam
Suresvaram Nidheesvaram Gajesvaram Ganeshvaram
Mahesvaram Samaasraye Paraatparam Nirantaram.
I bow before that great Lord permanently,
Who creates fear in the enemies of his devotees,
Who sparkles like the just risen Sun,
Who is saluted by Gods and Asuras
Who destroys obstacles of his devotees,
Who is the God of all devas,
Who is the God of all wealth,
Who is the God of all elephants,
And who is the leader of the army of Lord Shiva.
Samasta Loka Samkaram Nirasta Daitya Kunjaram
Daredarodaram Varam Vare Bhavaktra Maksharam
Krupaakaram Kshamaakaram Mudaakaram Yasaskaram
Manaskaram Namaskrutaam Namaskaromi Bhaasvaram.
I bow to that Ganapati who shines like the Sun,
Who bestows peace to all the worlds,
Who removed the Gajamukhasura from this world,
Who has a very big paunch,
Who has an elephant-face which blesses,
And who is the one who shows kindness
Who is tolerant
Who is full of blessing,
And who showers great fame,
To those who salute Him.
Akimchanaarti Marjanam Chirantanokti Bhaajanam
Puraari Poorva Nandanam Suraari Garva Charvanam
Prapancha Naasha Bheeshanam Dhananjayaadi Bhushanam
Kapola Daana Vaaranam Bhajaey Puraana Vaaranam.
I salute the very ancient elephant-god
Who destroys the wants of the have nots,
Who has been worshipped since ancient times,
Who is the eldest son of the lord who destroyed cities,
Who eats away the pride of the enemies of the gods,
Who is awesome at the time of final deluge,
Who wears serpents like Dananjaya as ornaments,
And who is fierce like the elephant in rut.
Nitaantikaanta Dantakaanti Mantakaanta Kaatmajam
Achintya Rupa Mantaheena Mantaraaya Krintanam
Hrudantarey Nirantaram Vasantameva Yoginam
Tameka Danta Meva Tam Vichintayaami Santatam.
I always meditate only on that God with single tusk,,
Who is ever lustrous tusk is very pretty,
Who is the son of Lord who killed the god of death,
Who has a form beyond ones imagination,
Who is endless,
Who tears asunder all obstacles,
And who dwells forever in the heart of Yogis ,
Like the season of spring.
Maha Ganesa Pancha Rathna Maadharena Yo Anvaham,
Prajalpathi Prabhathake Hrudhi Smaran Ganeswaram,
Arogadhamadhosadham Susahitheem Suputhratham,
Samahithayurshta Bhoothi Mapyupaithi Sochiraath.
The resultant benefit of Chanting Ganesha Pancharatnam
He, who remembers with respect every morning,
These five gems of the great Lord Ganapati,
And who meditates in his heart the leader of ganas,
Will soon be blessed with a healthy life,
Free of all problems, endowed with great peace
Great sons, longevity and spiritual and physical wealth.