Friday, 12 April 2013

The Sufi Saints of Rajasthan & Kashmir Photo Expedition-Workshop

On the cusp of departure!

All arrangements completed...accommodations set up...fixers lined up...background presentation on Sufism is prepared, and naturally The Travel Photographer's trademark multimedia workshop slideshows are fired up.

Nine photographers...with their photographic and audio gear will soon descend on Srinagar for 4-5 days of intense documentary work in this unique Kashmiri capital known as being the land of Sufis Saints. It is claimed that Hindu thought and religion greatly influenced Kashmiri sufis, and formed its syncretic essence.

Nine photographers...along with their cameras and audio recorders will travel from Srinagar to Ajmer; the holiest of cities for Sufis and others, and where the shrine of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, equally revered by Hindus and Muslims, will witness the commemoration of the death anniversary of the saint in unparalleled manifestations of Sufi fervor and devotion.

This is the largest commemoration of Sufi saints in India, attended by many thousands of South Asian Muslims.

I may be mistaken, but this is the first and only photo expedition-workshop whose objective is to record the commemoration of the death anniversary Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.

A few days in Delhi will precede the photo expedition-workshop, and I look forward to re-acquaint myself with one of my favorite cities. Plans are afoot to keep me occupied and busy....and I hope to have the time to re-sample the Lucknow specialty of tunde ke kabab in Nizzam Uddin and Karim's seekh kebab!