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Nov 2021, Varanasi Dev Deepawali Masterclass

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© Vineet Vohra

Dates : 17th-2oth Nov 2021.

Embark on an unforgettable expedition to photograph the spectacular Dev Deepawali festival in Varanasi. Led by Vineet and Rohit Vohra.

Varanasi is the only place on Earth where Diwali is celebrated twice. Dev Deepawali (or Dev Diwali) is a festival celebrated 15 days after Diwali to commemorate the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasur.

On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy bath (Kartik Snan) in the Ganges, and the 88 ghats in Varanasi are decorated with millions of Diyas (earthern lamps) in the evening.

Nearly 100,000 pilgrims visit the riverfront to watch the river aglitter with lamps while the Ganga Aarti (holy ritual) is being performed by 21 young Brahmin priests.

Come join us in Varanasi and and capture decisive moments that you will savour for a lifetime.

Class capacity: 4 people only

During the course of this workshop, the mentors will discuss technique, composition, vision and intent and how to use the camera and lens in a creative way. They will discuss careers, talk about how to get published and how to work on a story.

The mentor will work with students both in critique sessions and in the field, sharing their working knowledge and techniques.

© Vineet Vohra
© Vineet Vohra

This intensive 4-day workshop will focus on the following topics:

1. Travel Photography and art of story telling
2. How to work towards a theme and focus on projects…
3. How to edit your images to enhance the final result…
4. Photography assignments to put theories to work while walking with the mentors on the streets of Varanasi.

© Rohit Vohra
© Rohit Vohra

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra

Dates : 17th-2oth Nov 2021.

Price : $2495/ per person 

Includes :

  • Workshop charges
  • Single occupancy Hotel stay in 4/5 star property for 3 nights and 4 days.
  • All meals
  • All Local travel
©Rohit Vohra
©Rohit Vohra

Excludes:
– Return international air ticket
– Any private expenses
– Room service fees
– Porter services
– 18% GST
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)

To book the complete package please write to us at contact@artphotofeature.com

Cancelation Policy : 

  • If the workshop is cancelled due to any reasons (including covid), full refund will be issued to the participant.
  • Keeping in mind the covid situation currently, participant is allowed to cancel anytime before 17 th Oct, 2021 without any cancelation charges (Paypal fees will be deducted)
  • If a participant cancels for any reason between 18th Oct- 10th Nov, 20% of the workshop fee + paypal charges will be deducted.
  • If a participant cancels for any reason after 10th Nov, 60% fee + paypal charges will be deducted.

All precautions will be taken for the safety of participants and we recommend that participants avoid any other travel 14 days before the workshop. Workshop is limited to 6-8 participants only.

We would highly recommend a good travel insurance for your own safety.

Two hours of joy, by Raj Sarkar

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Raj Sarkar

Sometimes you are lucky enough to witness an event which will remain unforgettable in your entire life. I was lucky to witness the widow holi at ancient Gopinath Temple,Vrindavan on the 21st of Mar 2016. What I noticed was untamed joy and happiness of the 1000 widows who had come all along from Varanasi to celebrate this special holi. This was the first time widow holi was celebrated within a temple. They played holi with color powder, rose and marigold petals and simultaneously it was showered from the top of the temple.

Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar

I was perplexed witnessing such beautiful and unforgettable moments of colors and the energy of the widows aged between 22 to 100 as if the energy was reserved for a long period of time within their soul which unleashed that day.

Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar

Palpable excitement could be seen everywhere within the temple as the widows smeared each other with color powders and was dancing as well.

Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar

The most significant part of this event was the breaking of old tradition and wrong believe that hindu widows cannot take part in religious festivals as it was considered as inauspicious and they have to dressed only in white.

Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar

All total 11 quintals of color powder and petal were arranged for the special event and it was dedicated to Lord Krishna. I would say this is beginning of a positive thought and actions by the well-wishers of the country and a great step towards showing us the right way of life.

Raj Sarkar
Raj Sarkar

Raj Sarkar is a finance personnel in Airports Authority of India and a photographer by passion. Enjoys travelling & documenting street life. His photographs has won several awards and been published by several agencies like National Geographic, Asian Photography Magazine, Smart Photography Magazine, Saveus Magazine (Wild life), Streetphotography magazine, Inspiro magazine, Chalo lets go, Photoburst, Photoflock, World Street Photography, Wild bird trust, 121clicks.com, Nikon India, Pinterest etc. and also have been short listed under top two hundred in Garuda world photo contest in two different categories and short listed in HIPA

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