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Boita Bandana 1 by khurafati
Boita Bandana 1
'Boita' (boat) 'bandana' (offering prayers).
This is a traditional ceremony remembering the 'Sadhaba pua' (Sadhaba- traders, pua -men) of Kalinga, now known as Odisha. 'Sadhaba bahu' (bahu- wives), offered prayers to their big decorated vessels for their safe journey and good business overseas. The traders used to sail miles away to the islands of Bali, Sumatra and Java to sell spices, artifacts, textile and ornaments. It was done on 'Kartik Purnima' (new moon in november) as the winds and climate were the most favourable for sailing.
People have kept the tradition alive by offering prayers to small boats made out of banana trunk or thermocol on river sides, ponds and sea.
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Boita bandana 2 by khurafati
Boita bandana 2
'Boita' (boat) 'bandana' (offering prayers).
This is a traditional ceremony remembering the 'Sadhaba pua' (Sadhaba- traders, pua -men) of Kalinga, now known as Odisha. 'Sadhaba bahu' (bahu- wives), offered prayers to their big decorated vessels for their safe journey and good business overseas. The traders used to sail miles away to the islands of Bali, Sumatra and Java to sell spices, artifacts, textile and ornaments. It was done on 'Kartik Purnima' (new moon in november) as the winds and climate were the most favourable for sailing.
People have kept the tradition alive by offering prayers to small boats made out of banana trunk or thermocol on river sides, ponds and sea.
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Doodle 5 by khurafati
Doodle 5
I love winter mornings here in Rourkela. It is the season of flowers, one gets to see the whole spectrum of colours in nature. The sunlight adds a golden touch to it. But the foggy mornings make everything look monochromatic. I love watching,while the landscape plays hide and seek with the shifting fog.The many layers it creates are fascinating to behold. This is again an addition to my ongoing photoseries Doodles. Click on the link to see more : www.behance.net/gallery/190977…
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The last boat ride by khurafati
The last boat ride
I have known Surjya for quite sometime now.  He's a fisherman during the winters and summers. He had invited me onboard a lot of times, whenever he saw me taking photos at the bank of the river. Today I decided to take the ride. I overheard a few people talking about the bridge being ready the next morning. When we were midway we could see the sun going down behind the hill. That is when I realized this was the last boat ride before sunset and was feeling a bit nostalgic about it. I looked at Surjya and he was admiring the sunset as well. The golden light on him and the mood was just perfect. The moment makes it a very special photo for  me.
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Last boat ride '14 by khurafati
Last boat ride '14
The bamboo bridge at Koelnadi is complete and will be opened for public use after ceremonial prayers are offered. This was the last boat ride before sunset, the boatman was alone after everyone got down waiting for the next batch to cross the river.
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I had been to Kashmir in 2010, and I photographed a few kids up in the mountains. Life in the mountains is tough, and none of the kids I met, got an opportunity to goto a school. They were very curious and wanted to know where I came from and why was I taking photographs. This is the 1st photo I clicked khurafati.deviantart.com/art/A… and when I showed her the picture, this was the reaction khurafati.deviantart.com/art/G…  That the probably the 1st time she saw her photograph, all her friends were jumping all around me to get their pictures clicked! I promised myself, that someday I would do something for the education of these wonderful kids in Kashmir. I started researching and came across this school in Breswana. Their Facebook page www.facebook.com/HajiPublicSch… I was in touch with the
Director of the school for all these years, but I could never save much to make it back to the mountains. Recently I saw a post for a volunteer opening on their page and immediately got in touch with them. After a skype call I was selected. I will be there from August till October end.

Looking forward to finally doing my bit and share my knowledge with the kids :)

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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student General Artist

Congrats on the DD! :clap:

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GueparddeFeu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!

Welcome in my group :iconarcheology-mythology:! =D
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DVanDyk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
your people portraits are really beyond compare, impressive compassion with an open heart, bravo! Excellent work !
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khurafati Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much David!! O:) :hug: Feels great when someone drops in a word about the pictures I make. Thank you again for the kind words :D Made my day!
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freakyframes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
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sanpaiya Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
thanks for all the comments :) beautiful work . .
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khurafati Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D you are welcome! And thank you for stopping by my gallery :)
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jazzlamb Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hey are you in Kolkata? I am! had to talk to you regarding work. It's kind of important, it would be nice if you could get back to me asap :) email: jazzmelamb@gmail.com
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freakyframes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
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khurafati Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
mileage kitna deti hai?? kaunsa Indhan daalte ho?
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