Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

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Week 5 – #6 Celebrations

on August 29, 2015

For Celebrations, I am using the Manasota India Festival.   This is the third year for this festival, which is held at the Bradenton Convention Center in Palmetto.  The event is put on by local people demonstrating the culture of India.  There are booths with information on the different regions of India, the history of India, information on culture and of course dance.  There are also booths from the different India restaurants in the area so the smell of curry is everywhere. I am going to share images of the dances that were performed.  I know a couple of other bloggers used this festival for their themes, but we each do things a bit differently.

I am starting with some ladies doing India’s dance ODISSI.  It is one of the eight classical dance forms of India.  It originates in the state of Odisha in eastern India.  It is the oldest surviving dance form of India, and has been traced back to 2nd century BC. 6 Celebration-8

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Here are some of the ladies doing the GARBA, which originated in the state of Gujarat.  A traditional garba is done around a centrally lit lamp or statue or picture of the Goddess Shaikti..6 Celebration-6

A very energetic group of Florida State students doing the BHANGRA, which is the traditional dance originating from the Punjab region.  This is a very very fast moving and lively dance.6 Celebration-5

Two Dancers doing the KATHAK, which is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance.  Its origins are traced back to northern India.  You notice the small bells the dancer has tied around her feet, which are called ghunghroo.  It is usually 100 bells on each ankle.6 Celebration-4

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Unfortunately, I missed the name of this dance.6 Celebration-2

and what celebration of India’s dances does not include – BOLLYWOOD

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Two dancers doing the BHARATNATYAM, another form of India’s classical dance originating in the temples of Tamil Nadu.

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And I am finishing the celebration – with this young man – Rinku Singh, who if you follow baseball is with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  Now what makes him special is that he got the job  after he won a pitching contest on a 2008 reality television show, Million Dollar Arm.   He is the first Indian to play professional baseball in the United States.  He is the subject of a Disney movie about the contest.  He spoke to the festival and gave a short inspirational talk.

It truly was a great celebration. 6 Celebration-1


43 responses to “Week 5 – #6 Celebrations

  1. piriot says:

    Sue, these are wonderful pictures. I can imagine the sounds. The details of the dresses and the position of the dancers, this is art. Thank you for sharing.

  2. gwong1 says:

    Sue, You cover everything and cover it well. Nice shots. Thanks for sharing. Gary

  3. cbsmith321 says:

    beautiful….love those clothes..very professional done!

  4. shelby1120 says:

    You found the perfect location to get these photos at the event. I have been there and know how difficult lighting in the clouds can be. The ladies are lovely, but it is also nice that a special gentleman was representing his culture also

  5. Wow! You’ve really outdone yourself on the challenge this week! Beautiful shots!

  6. Marc Barnes says:


  7. Morag Reid says:

    These photos are awesome Sue. Love the colors and you can just feel the celebration. I bet it was a fun day.

  8. George says:

    Wow Sue. The costumes are so colorful and I’m sure the music and dance were as equally beautiful. You have recorded it excellently.

  9. painrxsam says:

    Good job Sue, I know these were not easy captures.

  10. elifamily2 says:

    Beautiful photos Sue, so colorful and crisp.

  11. preed913 says:

    wonderful sharpness and the colors – amazing.

  12. A feast for the eyes, thank you.

  13. Very informative as well as great photos.

  14. Mindy Towns says:

    Great shots Sue! I have never heard of that event before. I’ll have to keep an eye out next year. I’d love to take some close up shots of the beautiful bead work in their costumes. 🙂

    • Sue Karski says:

      Based on their continued success and hopeful for continued sponsorship, it should be back next year. There were places selling saris and jewelry, as well as booths with information regarding information behind the dress and jewelry. I think you would have no problems with acquiring permission for your photos.
      Thank you for your comments.

  15. mbryant59 says:

    Thanks for sharing these, Sue. The costumes are gorgeous.

  16. Rebecca says:

    Wow, these are absolutely beautiful pictures. Needless to say, your comments make each picture much more meaningful.

  17. jeanc5000 says:

    Awesome photos, great idea to capture this cultural celebration.

  18. Beautiful photographs and the information about the dances is thoughtful too. We took our grand daughters to an Indian wedding last Saturday and they loved the colourful saris and gold jewelry.
    They certainly know how to celebrate. I believe the dancers have a long and intense training which costs a lot of money and dedication from their parents. Is it true of the dancers you saw?

  19. annsero says:

    Beautiful pictures

  20. Appreciated the pictures — they are really great — and the stories accompanying them!

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