100 Strangers : Stranger No. 17

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.

About avirup

A software engineer by profession & a photographer by passion. Indian by birth, proud Bengali & hail from the City of Joy, Kolkata. Exploring various places, people & their cultures, lifestyles through viewfinder fascinate me a lot. I would like to define these photographs as my life journals, pieces of my life journey, my imaginations through lens.

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  1. Katinha March 16, 2015

    I like white color marks on his face, it reminded me of gold. And together with white outfit and turban creates a perfect combination! I haven’t notice the black background till your say, you are right!
    have a nice week!

    • avirup March 16, 2015 — Post Author

      You are absolutely right about the white color mark on his face. It looks like made of golden color.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Arijit Sukul March 16, 2015

    Hey Avirup,

    Very nice write up as always.. Found that he originally hails from Aranghata, which is my ancestral home as well.. Felt a connection somewhere.. :)

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