January 25, 2016

Cheery Red

Photograph by Tarun Chhabra, National Geographic Your Shot

Tarun Chhabra’s 15-year effort to capture Indian culture in a “self-initiated” photo project has yielded this “good and rare picture” of Holi celebrants in India. Holi is the Hindu festival of love in which participants splash each other with bright colors that represent “energy, life, and joy.” Chhabra writes of the experience, “I was kneeling down in the middle of a group of people who were singing bhajans (devotional songs). People were throwing lots of water and colors, and I was fully drenched … My eyes were filled with water-and-color paste, and this was very irritating and painful. With great difficulty I tried to slightly open my eye … and found the beautiful moment unfolding just in front of me. People … were singing devotional songs, and red color was flying like clouds. This amazing moment [gave] me inner strength, and I dared to open my eye slightly more to compose the picture.”

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14 comments
M. Borat
M. Borat

Holi is the Hindu festival which commemorates the divine love of the gods Radha and Krishna!! Quite primitive pagan thinking if you ask me.

Gregg Burns
Gregg Burns

@M. Borat Is it you again with insulting commentary? I think we would all be best served if you went back to making movies!

Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz

An Incredible Experience, Producing a Magnificent And Powerful Image!!!

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I am surprised your camera was not splattered too.  Very moving photo.

ethel wice
ethel wice

what  an interesting photo and experience.thanks

ethel wice
ethel wice

what a photo and what a story and experience.Very interesting photo.thanks.

Stu Lavitt
Stu Lavitt

Gorgeous pic its like a red fog rolling in Bwell 

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