Nityananda Das is my stranger no 17 and found him at Sati Mar Dol Mela in Kalyani. It’s a 7 days fair which kicked off on the auspicious event of Dol, also known as festival of colors or Holi in India.
It is a very old fair takes place around Feb/Mar of every year. The location of the fair is in Kalyani, West Bengal which is also happens to be my home town. Unfortunately I am not aware of the history of the fair very well. Tried to Google it, even Google does not have much information about it. I discovered my stranger no 17 was smoking beedi (Indian cigarette) sitting beside the street in the fair itself. I went to him and instead of taking his photo, I asked for his name. Interestingly I get to know that he is a worshiper of Vaishnavism (followers of Radha & Krishna – Indian Gods) and he is attending this fair for more than 3 decades. That means it’s more than 30 years. Oh yeah.
Even though he is basically from Aranghata, he does not have any specific home now-a-days. He visits various fairs and events like this one to spread the words of his God. I did not take much time to ask him for his photo. Used Nikon 50mm 1.8G lens to capture his photographs, eventually felt it was too close. Tried different angles to capture his appearance. It was the mid day and light was too bright and I generally don’t prefer this kind of light for photography.
It was very sunny and hot day and watching him smoking could not resist myself. Hence joined Nityananda for a long-awaited smoke. Did I ever mention that I am a smoker ?
Look at the white color marks on his face, those are the trademarks for a person who is a follower Vaishnavism. I also liked the blue background with his white outfit, the contrast is nice. What do you like about this photo ? Don’t forget to let me know.
Take care, always.