Lathmar Holi a riot of colour
Maybeth’s camera captures Hindu festival
The speaker at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Dumfries Branch Travellers’ Club was local camera club member Maybeth Jamieson.
Her subject was Lathmar Holi – a photographic adventure.
Maybeth was part of a group who travelled to India specifically for a photography holiday.
Lathmar Holi is a religious festival. It’s a celebration of the traditional Hindu festival of Holi. The main villages involved are Barsana and Nandgaon in Uttar Pradesh when thousands of Hindus and tourists gather for the spectacle.
In keeping with the story of Lord Krishna being chased from his beloved’s village, the women of Barsana chase the men from the neighbouring village of Nandgaon away with sticks or lathis.
The men offer no retaliation but shelter under shields. The next day the roles of the villagers are reversed. The festival is accompanied by the throwing of vividly coloured dyes. Everyone and everything becomes covered in a riot of colour.
Some of Maybeth’s pictures captured the most beautiful eyes standing out in swathes of bright powder. The people were keen to be photographed and willing to pose.
As there were so many people at the ceremonies it was at times difficult to stay away from the activity and there were some great action shots and some of the photographers equally as colourful and dyed as the religious participants.
There were also many pictures of crafts and skills, shops, food and children and families going about their business.
This was a photographic triumph as well as an interesting account of a ceremony which was new to many members of the audience.
Members thanked Maybeth for a fascinating presentation.
Study One of the photos that Maybeth took in India
Journey Maybeth Jamieson