Making Music in the Street

Musical Harmony

Musical Harmony

Sometimes, quite by chance, I am in the right place at the right time. When I came upon this street wedding during the marriage season in Rajasthan, my heart began to pound with excitement. I was not an invited guest but I certainly felt welcomed there. No one minded the intrusion of my camera either which is always a relief. I didn’t have to sneak any photographs. The musicians, in particular, enjoy being acknowledged. This series is about the musicians, without whom, there wouldn’t be much of a celebration.

Waiting to Play

Waiting to Play

I arrived on the scene early enough so that I caught the musicians in a relaxed pose before they went on.

Loud Speakers

Loud Speakers

The sound system, primitive as it is, was in place, ready for action.

Striking It Up

Striking It Up

Finally, the musicians take their places and the band begins. Gradually the numerous onlookers, moved by the music, start to sway and move into the center of the street to dance. I will show you more of that in my next post.

Serious Clanging

Serious Clanging

Musicians at a Street Wedding

Musicians at a Street Wedding

The Band Plays On

The Band Plays On

This musician was watching me and was waiting to capture my attention. When he saw that I was now focused on him, he stepped forward and gladly played for me and my camera. The occasion was joyous and I was so excited to have so many amazing subjects around. Everywhere I looked was someone or something that merited my attention and would make a wonderful composition. I wished at that moment that I could be transformed into one of those many armed Hindu goddesses. I would have had a camera ready from each and every one of those many hands, ready to capture this delightful event!

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About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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14 Responses to Making Music in the Street

  1. Kb619 says:

    Rajasthan has its own spark. Must say!❤

  2. I love the way your photographs look deep into your subjects eyes/soul? Really powerful pictures. I always love the colours, as well. Its positive stuff

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Thanks for your ongoing appreciation and support. Comments like yours make it all worthwhile!

      • Well when I come to New York I am definitely coming to find you and take one of your tours. India – hope I can visit and if so – I would love to join one of your Tourist trains 🙂
        Brilliant pictures, as always.

  3. ninagrandiose says:

    It would be a pleasure to share my fantastic city with you; it never fails to amaze .I have to admit that I am the keeper of many of her deepest secrets! And India, my beloved…would be a love poem. Come! Thanks, again.

  4. I always feel the musicians are the least acknowledged. You have done a fabulous job in spreading smiles! 🙂 Loved the post!

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Music of all kinds, makes me smile. When my delight incites yours, then I’m grinning from ear to ear. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  5. Juli says:

    I am here again. I just love your post. The tradition is a must to see, I love those kind of cultures. And trust me, in the 6th picture, there are two boys in red berets, the one on the right caught my eyes, “thanks god he is only in your picture – LOL haha.”
    On the whole beautiful post and pretty pictures. Keep them coming! I love them!
    Cheers!
    Juli

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