Indian Fairs: A Part of Our Cultural Heritage

Fairs or Melas are an inherent part of Indian culture since the 16th century and thus big or small we enjoy them and look forward to them year after year. Fairs are a colourful kaleidoscope of different aspects brought together under a single umbrella and it reflects our variety in traditions.

A fair is a gathering of people for a variety of entertainment or commercial activities. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary with scheduled times lasting from an afternoon to several weeks.

So here’s a sneak peek at some colourful n cool fairs in India.

Shivam Anurag

These photos were taken at a Fair named Disney Land in Gandhi Maidan, Patna, Bihar. I have only used the pro mode of my smartphone(Asus Zenfone 5z) camera to take the pictures and nothing else. It was a little difficult to adjust the angle to capture the giant wheel from my perspective and other settings such as ISO value, Aperture and Exposure time as the pictures were taken at night. I took these pictures when I went to my native place during my semester break last year in winters and was roaming around the Gandhi Maidan with my friends then I saw two giant wheels decorated with lights and during the spin, those lights were looking very beautiful and then I decided to click a few pictures of the giant wheels. 

Harsh Maheshwari

This story about the Pushkar Camel Fair. The Pushkar fair alone attracts over 200,000 visitors.The Pushkar fair is one of India’s largest camel, horse and cattle fairs. Apart from the trading of livestock. A trip around the cattle grounds with your camera is also a must. I attend this festival annually and there is always something new to experience. Just get out there and enjoy! Ride on a camel or a camel cart. Snake charmers! Great sunsets listening to the noises of the animals and the crowds! Wow! Unforgettable! @Moment.collections (www.instagram.com/moment.collections)

Partha Hazarika

I am freelance photographer  from Guwahati in the northeastern state of Assam, India. Passion for Photography has immensely helped me to nourish and look at life in a better perspective. While freezing a moment,  I emphasise on composition, light and shadows along with the environment we are in. my equipments  Canon 5d markiii, lens – f/4 17-40mm , F/2.8 70-200mm, F/1.4 50mm. 

Sadhu perform rituals during the Parshuram Kund Mela in Arunachal Pradesh, India. An early morning against the light shot with the subject in middle. Composition plays an important role in conveying a message in a picture with the details and elements that potrays the scenario. 

An early morning view of Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan India.  

Sayantani Basu

Hi, I am Sayantani Basu from Kolkata. Personally, I love the ambience of any fair though I haven’t seen all the famous fairs of India I’m looking forward to see them through the blog. However, I have visited two of them such as…

Poush Mela (Bengali: পৌষ মেলা) is an annual fair and festival that takes place in Santiniketan, in Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal, marking the harvest season. Commencing on the 7th day of the month of Poush, the fair officially lasts for three days, although vendors may stay until the month-end as per the university regulations. From 2017 onwards the fair lasted for six days. The key characteristic of this fair includes live performances of Bengali folk music, notably baul, kirtan and Kobigan.

Rash Mela in West Bengal is a festival celebrating the divine love of Sri Krishna and Radha. The month long festival precedes the Rash Yatra. Celebrated on the full moon day in Kartik month, the Rash Yatra is a procession with clay deities of Lord Krishna and Radha. The parade demonstrate the life of Lord Krishna, his various miracles and deeds. The Rash Mela is an annual fair that is very famous in the Nabadwip, Cooch Behar and Sundarbans.  Come the full moon night of Kartik and people are seen enchanted in the love of Radha and Krishna.

Neeraj Rana

Pushkar fair happens in Pushkar it starts a few days before and Kartik Purnima. It is one of a very big spiritual gathering as well. You can see lots of sadhus, localites, yogis and other devotees flooding during this time. It was actually difficult as everyone was pushing each other really hard to compose a proper shot and especially because of the low light condition many of my shots were spoiled because of the rush.

Pic 1. Best vibes of this picture were remembering my childhood memories, mela, fairy wheels. All these brought back that fun I used to have in old school fairs. This was taken with Sony a6300 and Sigma 16mm f 1.4 lens. shot at 1600 ISO, 1/160 of sec at 3.5 aperture.


Pic 2. This was taken while the aarti was happening in from of Pushkar Raj (Pushkar Lake). Vibes were really holy and good. The major issue was clicking in night and rush. This was taken with Sony a6300 and Sigma 16mm f 1.4 lens. shot at 800 ISO, 1/160 of sec at 1.4 aperture.

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Sandipa Malakar

These people photos are taken in Ardha Kumbh, prayag, 2019 during the 1st shahi snan on Makar Sankranti.
Gear used : Canon 6d , lens tamaron 24-70 f 2.8
All the photos are taken during night , on that day we started around 2:30am at night to cover the whole program. It’s a lifetime experience to part of the procession with the sadhus

Tell us your favourite childhood memory related to fairs

Cover pic by :
Partha Hazarika
 

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