Tuesday, August 2, 2016
I first met Swami Avdesh Anandji at Allahabad 2013 Maha Kumbh I was in in the same procession with my Naga Guru Shri Vijay Giri Maharaj also of Juna Akhara .
I shot Swamiji ,, again at Nasik Kumbh 2015 ,, and he talked to me I told him I was a Shia Muslim and my Guru was a Naga Sadhu he smiled and gave me his picturs two of them that I use on the reverse side of my Press Card when I shoot Hindu events .. it saves me from rogue Sadhus and rogue bullying cops and volunteers at the Kumbh.
Once again I met Swamiji and again talked to him when he took the dip at the river Shipra Ujjain Kumbh 2016 ,, I shot his video and his stills and I love shooting this living legend holy man of the Naga Sadhus a simple man and not at all a Godman.
I dont know if I will be alive for the next Kumbh at Allahabad ,, but whatever my financial condition I tried not to miss one of the Shai Snan..
Khamakhya is a Mini Kumbh an amazing place for Aghoris Tantrics and the Naga Sadhus too...
I have shot over 70000 Hindu blogs all at Flickr public and private as my documentary Hope And Hindutva A Message of Universal Peace .
This is my tribute to my Hindu Gurus My Hindu Teachers and above all my Hindu Friends without all of them I could have never reached this far in life ,, and the camera of my cosmic Mind made it possible,.
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I was invited to the Ujjain Kumbh 2016 by my Naga Guru Shri Vijay Giri Maharaj... and I documented the first Shahi Snan ..
I wanted to make it to the following Shahi Snans but much as I tried it was not possible ,,I had asked Advocate Ashish Shelar MLA to help me but he was busy and my fate too was not Ujwal... means Not Shining .
But I shot over 4500 images ,, I did not move very far from the tent where I lived with my Guru and his other disciples and heads of Juna Akhhara.
On the night of the Shai Snan my Guru was seriously unwell he asked me to lead his band so I took up the chant of Har Har Mahadev as we walked rapidly from Bhuki Mata Road to Shipra River ,, on the way my Guru collapsed and everyone in the group walked away to make it in time for the auspicious hour , I stayed back with my Guru ,, he knew I had come to shoot so he ordered me to leave him I refused and bought him to the Tani where all the Nagas had assembled for the puja before the dip.. I got my Guru some coffee and though he was shivering he felt better ,..
We now moved to the banks of the Shipra two of his disciples re joined us ,, My Guru took the Dip and he came out more refreshed and with a beatific smile ,, than he asked me to take the dip.. I did .
Now it was time to leave but I requested my Guru I would stay back now that his two disciples were there to take him back.
And as they left I met my French photographer friend Fo Paris Francois I joined him....but I moved ahead and was lucky to meet Swami Avdesh Anandji, he smiled and he knows I am a Muslim .. and so I shot his Shahi Snan and walked back taking a long detour to my camp.
Well I shot videos but now I am assimilating my Ujjain storyboard as a slideshow including the images that I had to restrict because of frontal nudity at Flickr ,, I am uploading this via the Window Movie Maker to my You Tube channel.
One thing I realized You Tube has a greater outreach than Flickr Facebook .. and I use Facebook by disabling it from public view .. I will never use Facebook publicly and I dont even like posting my storyboards at Facebook.
Luckily all these latest outings of mine are on my external hard drive so I can make a video.. my older images loads of them are on DVDS and I dont have a DVD player on my Dell..
And I worked on a lot of my image albums 30 days that I was swooning in loneliness on my wretched bed because of a serious toe injury ,, that is not willing to heal.
Of late I do shoot stills but my first preference is video.. either on my mobile phone or my camera ,,,
People are seeing my stuff ,,my playlist is Shiasm Hinduism , Hindu Feasts Kumbh Maha Kumbh Marriammen Feast Ganesha Durga festivals .Ear Cleaners Barbers Hijras ..Bandra Blogs, Tennis and the eponymous Swach Bharat Garbage Porn Bandra Bazar Road.
A few videos of my granddaughters ,, my set on Sufism Dargahs Rafaees my Dam Madar Malang Oder .. and I have also added my street photography of the cities I visited specially Lucknow.
I have not shot Bolywood ,,,being a part of it ,,, but I have a video of Mr Danny Denzongpa I will post it when his picture releases ..
So this is my Introduction to my Ujjain Kumbh videos..
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.....
Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar Lafata Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar , originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1 ....
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banake Yeh Haseen Tajmahal Ham Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Udaya Hai Mazak.. , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Fli...