Lath­mar Holi a riot of colour

May­beth’s cam­era cap­tures Hindu fes­ti­val

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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

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