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Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan – photo album by travel and street photographer Deb Lahiri
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Holika Dahan: Holi is one of the most widely celebrated rituals all across India. People, irrespective of their religions, age and socio-economic backgrounds participate in this colourful festival.  Holika Dahan is performed at the first night of Holi during Purnima. It is believed that Holika, the mythological demon is burnt in the form of a pyre which puts an end to all destruction caused by the evil forces. Holika Dahan is also performed with a lot of enthusiasm and vigour at Kolkata. Many people gather around the fire and perform various rituals and prayers before finally setting it on fire.

These photographs were taken at a North Kolkata Lane, almost from the same vantage point with different compositions.

Images & text – Deb Lahiri

Copyright of all images in this album is held by the photographer.

Deb Lahiri is a travel and street photographer based out of Kolkata. Although he started his photography a long back, he seriously took photography only in 2011-12, when the digital era already concurred with the photographic world. Despite his busy schedule (he is an insurance management professional), photography occupied a major space in his mind and he relentlessly pursued this form of art since then. His photos were exhibited in fifteen photography exhibitions so far nationally and internationally. His photographs were recognized and published on various national and international photographic platforms and print media across the world. He also won various national and international photography awards. Deb Lahiri is a self-taught photographer, who learned mostly from various photography books, magazines, observing other photographers’ work and from the open tutorials available on the web. He likes to capture various human activities through his images. As he loves to travel, nature and people deeply attract him to frame them forever. He is one of the mentors and admins of the World Photographic Forum, the famous and largest photographic platform with 5 lacs+ members

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