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Kolkata Life

I went to the Kalighat temple in Kolkata on January 1, 2010 and saw this woman sitting on the side of the street. Kalighat is one of the oldest neighborhoods in South Kolkata and is very densely populated with a rich history of cultural intermingling with the various foreign incursions into the area over time. The area immediately surrounding the temple is filled with various street vendors, merchants, and beggars whose livelihood all depends on the temple activity.

January 1 was perhaps the wrong time for me to go to the temple as the New Year was an auspicious time to visit and make an offering. As a result, the temple was completely packed and I was almost trampled by a frenzied mob inside making prayers.

Kolkata Life

I went to the Kalighat temple in Kolkata on January 1, 2010 and saw this woman sitting on the side of the street. Kalighat is one of the oldest neighborhoods in South Kolkata and is very densely populated with a rich history of cultural intermingling with the various foreign incursions into the area over time. The area immediately surrounding the temple is filled with various street vendors, merchants, and beggars whose livelihood all depends on the temple activity.

January 1 was perhaps the wrong time for me to go to the temple as the New Year was an auspicious time to visit and make an offering. As a result, the temple was completely packed and I was almost trampled by a frenzied mob inside making prayers.

comments (15)

  • Ajay
  • India
  • 5 Jan 2010, 01:20
Story of Indian temples!!! I guess.
nice candid. A good mix of colour, action and emotion.
Cheers
Rob
FABULOUS !!! I love BW portraits but for this one I disagree with Ken smile)
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Jan 2010, 05:40
This is a wonderful shot, nicely framed and love the colours.
I would think temples are always packed with people.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 5 Jan 2010, 06:56
good capture, love the bright colours
Very colourful Charles.
Very nice candid capture Charles. The colours are terrific!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Jan 2010, 08:48
A lovely study in humanity here Charles
Nice 'character shot' and wonderful colour.
Wonderful candid Charles. A fine face
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 5 Jan 2010, 13:38
Great capture, fantastic color. I love B&W too but this one should remain in color... it´s my opinion smile
Oh this is such a wonderful capture with strong color and fine detail! Great work!!
superb shot Charles.
  • k@
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2010, 16:58
Colors & attitude at their best !
old history on the face and the arm!

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