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Pushkar technicolor

Pushkar

India

Animals and humans in the numbers of hundred thousands gathered under the scorching sun of the Thar desert in Rajsthan. That is the picture that comes to our minds when we think of the Pushkar fair. The annual livestock fair and cultural festival that takes place during the month of ‘Kartik’ (around the last week of October to first two weeks of November) and lasts till the ‘Kartik Purnima’ or the full moon.

But, what attracted my eyes were not the huddled up, juxtaposed lives of animals and men together under one sun. But, the colors! The colors not only in the surroundings and the environment, but the color in the people of Pushkar. For a fortnight, the small town of Pushkar centered around the lake with the same namesake never sleeps. Thousands of pilgrims flock the city while thousand others gather to do business of livestock and cattle. Men and women sing in merriment in the pink dusk, while the ferris wheels turn into the night. Young and old often huddle up around fires keeping awake through the night to guard the animals, with fables and stories of their times accompanied by a cup of steaming ‘chai’, (tea). And all these people and stories of their lives add up to the color of the fair and the festivities. Making Pushkar a city come alive in vivid TECHNICOLOR!

A circus troupe calling for audience before evening show at Pushkar fair.
A man milking a camel in the early morning. One leg of camel’s are tied so that they cannot flee in the night.
People eating in an eatery covered with peacock patterned canvas.
A horse looks back as it’s masters take bath in the early morning.
Beggars and tea sellers at midnight in Pushkar streets. During the festival the city is alive 24 hours.
A group of women pose in front of a background while the head of their family looks on.
Local tribal people dancing in the evening dune.
A group of pilgrims walking through the streets of Pushkar at very early morning.

Aneek Mustafa Anwar

Aneek Mustafa Anwar is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has done several projects such as cultural phenomena, climate change, and social media impact on society. He is currently a consultant photographer for BRAC, The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Open Society Foundation (OSF). He graduated with Bachelor of Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His photographic works have been published in the book ‘Bangladesh – Seen from Within’ by DRIK, magazine ‘Creative Image Magazine’ edited by Raghu Rai, BRAC Annual Report 2018, and major news papers such as ‘The Daily Star’ , ‘The Independent’, ‘Prothom Alo’ and many other publications. Aneek has won several awards in photography including 'Andrei Stenin Press Photo Contest 2019' and his works has been exhibited worldwide in exhibitions such as 'Andrei Stenin Press Photo Contest Exhibition 2019' in Russia and several other countries.

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