Shilpgram Festival- Every December, the Indian Craft mela brings together artists, sellers, performers and shoppers from across the country for 10 days to Udaipur. The last and final part of this photo blog series on the festival is an ode to the Quaint and Quirky. No carnival would be complete without this collection, especially not in India.
Here is what the camera captured and the meanings the mind decided to decode. The thoughts that the images probably had but never said out loud.
I stood looking at him for a long time, inquisitive, fascinated, sad, angry, ….the feelings just kept pouring.
He was tied to a natural oil press. He went round and round with his eyes forced shut. He never saw the festival nor its faces. When life gets this unforgiving, I wondered if a little humor would help.
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK
As I walked around carrying the bull on my conscience, I saw he wasn’t the only Beast of Burden. Humans were weighed down by their jobs too. Some physically exhausted, others emotionally vacant; they were going through the motions. I wondered if making light of life would help.
SIGNS– They inform us, educate us and even entertain us. Sometimes they give us signals so in our face yet we almost always miss reading between the lines.
Walking through the Shilpgram Festival, taking in the smells, sounds and sights was like a crash course in my culture. I love India and at Shilpgram I fell in love all over again. Come last 10 days of December to surround yourself in color, culture, craft and character that you will only find here.
Part 1: An Ode to the vibrancy of India. Color and Craft and the Color in Craft. Art from different parts of India and the richness of the country’s heritage comes alive in these images
Part 2: An Ode to the diversity of India. Artists and Performers, Shopkeepers and Sellers, Buyers and bystanders from villages close by an states faraway.