Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday Wanderings... the Colors of the Deserts...

I know it seems from many of my previous posts that I seem to be exhausted of living in the deserts already, (and its just been 8-9 months) but the fact of the matter is, like every back of beyond station that we Army people are made to live in... this place has also sneaked up on me...
Inspite of my best efforts NOT to like this place- too many sandstorms...
tooo much of the same yellow color in the sands and the buildings, all around me...
too little of the greenery...
too little of anything happening...
too much of extreme weather... hot or cold!
But the desert does seem to surprise you...
whether its the simplicity of the desert folks..
or the beauty of thier dances and the music,
the fun of thier puppets,
or the coool coool evenings....
the clear starry sky....
the silence of the surroundings where you can even hear a dog barking from far away...
and I can go on...
It is also true that come summer when you are cooped up inside your homes and braving the numerous sandstorms that seem as though you are breathing into them, or the blazing sun not letting you venture out from 9 in the mornings to nearly 8 in the evenings... you want to run away!
but summer is still a couple of months away... so lets enjoy the so called spring in the Thar Deserts of India with these beautiful Festivals that are as different in flavor from each other as chalk and cheese!

This is a photo essay of the beauty and color of the various facets of the Thar Desert of India...
and the two desert Festivals that we had the good fortune to see and be a part of.

The First one was on the Government Festival that happens towards the mid February (culminating on Poornima-full moon) on "Sam" Sand dunes... where it was all ethnic, colorful and cultural....
Lots of competitions like "turban tying" to the "most glorious mustache" to even having a Mr Desert competition...
Along with the best dressed camel as well as Camel polo and Camel dance..
There was also a cultural program with ethnic dances and songs on the last day ending with a fantastic fireworks show!
They had a lineup of Langa and Manganiyar musicians and Gair as well as Fire dancers that lit up the evening!
There was also a fun-filled tug of war between Indian and Foreign tourists...
here are a few pictures:




picture(not mine) via: here













After savoring the cultural ambiance of the Desert Festival, what could be better on a nice full moon-lit night, than to experience an absolutely different kind of setting on another part of the Thar deserts... the Khuri Dunes.
These Khuri dunes in fact are much more beautiful than the Sam dunes with a finer sand and seemingly more untouched and non-commercial...
It wasnt untouched that night because there was a fantastic Music Festival -Ragasthan...going on since the 13th of February... the details of this phenomenal and just two yrs old Festival is here
We couldn't make it for the earlier nights because as the saying goes in the Army: "Duty comes first" our men were busy- in fact my man wasn't even in town!
So the only evening that we did make it, the last night, towing along our little ones as well- who much to our surprise had a blast!
They had an amazing array of artists performing- on 3 separate stages, all of which were playing a different genre of music to suit all eclectic tastes.
From Fusion to classical to electric to Indie music- they had it all..
The artists were old, young, established, new, foreign as well as desis...
there was a lot of interesting collaborations and fusions which were mesmerizing to say the least!
They had beautiful Art Installations, yummy eats, Kite flying, comfortable Swiss tents to stay in (if you can afford it) and music and guitar strumming in front of many a tent!
unfortunately we didnt arrive there till it was quite dark but I have promised myself to be there next year, for the entirety of the Festival and maybe even have a stall there? 
what say?
So here are a few pictures that we managed to click. 










keeping ourselves warm with good eats, amazing music and fantastic atmosphere!




5 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures & nice details you have shared here. You are a great photographer :)
    Which camera do you use?
    Wanna visit Rajasthan. It's in my wish-list!

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    1. Thank you Anita- Rajasthan is a wonderful place to visit... but only during the mild weather- Oct to Feb!
      And I use Nikon D3100.

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  2. Hey, glad you enjoyed Ragasthan. Even happier that the kids did as well!
    See you there again next year?

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    1. Yes we did! loved the "little" amount of time we managed but I can assure you that I will be there next yr!
      If I am not mistaken- u are one of the organisers of Ragasthan? (mayb) :-)

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