18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The Stance

This is a capture taken during the celebration of the festival of the shepherd community called "The Dhangars". They celebrate the festival of their Deity called Lord Birdev. The festival symbolizes the harvest or manufacture of Turmeric powder from the turmeric plant. During the festival, they also perform a dance known as "HEDAM". The dancer uses a sword in it and others fling the turmeric on him. It is a visual treat to watch. Here this is the stance captured just before he starts dancing.

Photo Detail
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Camera: NIKON D3200
Copyright: © Chetan Shashi Suresh Dodwad