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2012-02 Sita Ram: Barhabigha

Pictures can only describe one aspect of the atmosphere of a place. The festival on Barhabigha really reflects something of the inner nature of life here in Janakpur – how everything revolves around the cultural cycle  – much more than it does or even potentially ever did in the west. The next festival is always around the bend and religiosity or at least spirituality and mysticism is a fundamental part of existence for most people here. The chanting on Barhabigha was continuous, day and night with the constant refrain of Sita Ram in its plethora of intonations. With the office so directly opposed near the site I must admit that the constant intrusion was more than a little vexing at times. Some of the musical interpretations were to my ears rather abhorrent and the distraction whilst trying to work was at times unbearable. There we many times however that I was struck by the deep beauty of the incantations and on this occasion, cycling past I was caught by a primal tingle in my spine – the kind that purest forms of music seems to strike in me – certain lilts in pieces that seem to cause almost a welt on the consciousness – disarming and profound at the same time. This was one of those moments and – after I had collected myself I took my camera and captured some rather shakey footage of the mist ridden scene that morning. Now the festival is over and the hiatus of music is held until tomorrow when the next celebration begins….

Turn the volume up and try to imagine being here with this noise permeating across the entire city – hopefully it will give some paltry rendition of what it has been like to live here these past days.

2012-02 Janakpur: Week 4 in Photos

A selection of Photos from my 4th Week in Janakpur. This week mainly involved chasing around schools and nearby “tole” (Villages) in search of children and thus a great deal of time spent on the back of Motorbikes. Also passed a really lovely evening with Chaube – eating at hotel local to his home. Afterwards we enjoyed some Paan together. A memorable night certianly – some of the photos are therefore credited to him (I especially love the one of me and the owner in the restaurant). Great to have some photos of me for a change!

PS – if you feel like commenting, please do! I really enjoy hearing feedback. Thanks to all those of you who have sent messages – Really encourages me to post more… Also  – do people prefer the “gallery style” as in Week 3 photos, or this “slideshow” style? What is easier to view them all on?

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