February 8, 2014

Blast of Color

Photograph by Sandipa Malakar, National Geographic Your Shot

On the eve of the springtime Holi Festival, a priest at the Radha Krishna Temple in Kolkata throws color to devotees in a blessing believed to protect them against disease throughout the year, says Your Shot contributor Sandipa Malakar, who had long desired a chance to depict the festival in her own way.

"I went to the temple to experience the essence of the festival, which started with prayer followed by the throwing of colored water on the devotees. I took this shot as the priest threw white colored powder after showering devotees with red."

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33 comments
C. Cleete
C. Cleete

Beautiful !  I couldn't describe

Rajesh Pathak
Rajesh Pathak

Never heard, never seen....thanks for sharing

SANDIP JOSHI
SANDIP JOSHI

Holi aai re___ Sundar, rangeen, beautiful.

Wendy Wilton
Wendy Wilton

Good shot.  I'll take a flu shot instead.


Brenda DeArmond
Brenda DeArmond

Brilliant! At just about center of the shot there is a man who appears to be looking right at me/you. As far as I can detect, he's the only one captured in the entire photo who appears to be aware of your presence at that moment. Eerie..love it! Thank you for sharing.

Shabbir Ahmad
Shabbir Ahmad

The caption says blast of color, but there isn't any color, its white.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A really well timed photograph, that was I feel, worth waiting for.The vivid pinky/purple of the devotees, with the white puff of powder, caught just in that moment, was great. j.e.s.

Fotofabian Fabian
Fotofabian Fabian

excellent timing, couldn't have picked a better moment to take that shot

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Scary looking. I hope they all stayed well!

Sarath Pillai
Sarath Pillai

awesome i love it the camera quality could have been improved but still its picture perfect

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

I am not disputing that this might not be a good photo but it tends to leave my tummy a bit queezy.

Graham Ragan
Graham Ragan

@Shabbir Ahmad  "I took this shot as the priest threw white colored powder after showering devotees with red."

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