HOLA MOHALLA: THE INHERITANCE OF TRANSCENDENCE
Imagine travelling 300 years back in the times of valour and glory, jostling through the cheerful crowd, breathing the air of old world charm. This is what it feels like to experience the unique festival: Hola Mohalla. It is spectacularly celebrated in Anandpur Sahib, a small town by the Sutlej in north-east Punjab, nestled in an oddly dusty plain beneath gently rolling hills. With a few fleeting symbols of modernity, the festivity sets the perfect contrast between the past and the present. In times of eroding ethnic practices, it is a visual and cultural treat for photographers to witness the celebrations of Hola Mohalla holding on to the heroic style in its pristine form. There is a photograph at every step. To nurture the ability to pick a moment in space–resonating the vast experience of centuries gone by, held together with the power of events that combine the worlds–is where the workshop will focus on.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji in Anandpur Sahib carried out the first procession of Hola Mohalla in 1701. Living up to its legacy even today, the festival is annually celebrated a day after the festival of colours, Holi. Thousands of people come together to participate in Hola Mohalla fair that traditionally goes on for a week. Participants camp out and enjoy various displays of fighting prowess and bravery, and listen to kirtan, music, poetry, and religious lectures. What a way to strengthen the soul of community!
The magnificence of the Nihangs: splendidly turbaned and bearded, sporting saffron sashes and motley regalia on their blue robes; the military ambience, the processions carried out on horses and elephants, accompanied by war drums and standard-bearers-it all does the magic. On the last day, a long procession led by the Chosen Five–as grandly as it was back in the olden times–starts from Takth Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five Sikh religious seats, and passes through various important gurdwaras and concludes with a long, military-style procession.
The community has aged gracefully, lived timelessly, and flourished over centuries, celebrating brotherhood and reminding people of the love of the Almighty. It is in this journey, that one can feel transcending from one world into another, royally. It’s clearly carnival time at Anandpur Sahib every year.
Raghu Rai took up photography in 1966 at the age of 24, and the following year joined “The Statesman” newspaper as its chief photographer. Impressed by an exhibit of his work in Paris in 1971, Henri Cartier-Bresson nominated Rai to join Magnum Photos in 1977.
Rai left “The Statesman” in 1976 to work as picture editor for “Sunday,” a weekly news magazine published in Calcutta. He left in 1980 and worked as Picture Editor/Visualizer/Photographer of “India Today”, India’s leading news magazine, during its formative years. From 1982 to 1991, he worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes, many of which became the talking point of the magazine.
In the last 18 years, Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India. He has produced more than 50 books, including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Tibet in Exile, India, and Mother Teresa.
Rai was awarded the ‘Padmashree’ in 1971, one of India’s highest civilian awards ever given to a photographer. In 1992, his National Geographic cover story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” won him widespread critical acclaim for the piece. Besides winning many national and international awards, Rai has exhibited his works in London, Paris, New York, Hamburg, Prague, Tokyo, Zurich and Sydney. His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers including “Time”, “Life”, “GEO”, “The New York Times”, “Sunday Times”, “Newsweek”, “The Independent,” and the “New Yorker”.
He has served three times on the jury of the World Press Photo and twice on the jury of UNESCO’s International Photo Contest. Raghu Rai lives in Delhi with his family and continues to be an associate of Magnum Photos.
A UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP CREATIVE EXPLORATION AT THE
FOOTHILLS OF HIMALAYAS WITH RAGHU RAI
March 10th to 14th, 2017, Holla Mahalla at ANANDPUR SAHIB, Punjab
Creative Image is delighted to announce it’s first workshop in India, to be held during Holla Mohalla at Ananadpur Sahib, Punjab. This unique workshop will be led by Magnum photographer Raghu Rai.
Creative Image workshops are aimed at photographers interested in narrative and storytelling, who are looking to take the next logical step in their photographic development. The workshop environment is intended to be an organic experience and Magnum’s photographer mentors will support participants where best; from sharpening a visual signature or developing editing skills.
During these five extraordinary days, Rai will lead the group through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group discussion, mentoring, editing, and advise on how to shape your shooting into a photo story/ photographic project. The medium of instruction will be English.
ELIGIBILITY AND CONDITIONS
- Participants should be 18 years of age or above.
- Should have their own DSLR with required accessories.
- Should have a laptop / Macbook with Adobe Photoshop and Bridge installed
Should carry an ID proof
- Foreign participants should have a valid VISA
Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. The workshop is limited to 15 participants only and photographers will be selected on the perceived benefit to their career and development.
Photographers should prepare sufficient research relating to what they wish to shoot prior to arrival. A story list can be provided for inspiration; however candidates are expected to formulate realistic projects in the geography and time supplied.
Due to the fast pace of the workshop Creative Image highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Please note – all workshops will be conducted in English.
HOW TO APPLY
The application should include a Brief CV, a portfolio of your work, a personal statement.
Your portfolio should give us a fair idea of your vision and reflective of your approach and style.
Number of Images – 15
Filename – Every image should have your full name. (eg. JOHN_01.jpg)
Image Size – 2000 pixel or 10 inches longest at 200dpi
* In case of a photo story, attach a brief write up of about 150 words.
All applications should be sent at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the subject line—Creative Explorations With Raghu Rai 2017
In case of selection of your portfolio, you will be sent the welcome kit and notified about the payment procedure. Full payment has to be made in advance.
For participants from India : In INR equivalent to USD 1600
For Foreign Participants / NRIs : USD 2200
(includes travel from Delhi to Anandpur Sahib to and fro and 5 days & 4 nights stay at Anandpur Sahib). All fees must be paid within 7 days of acceptance or you will forfeit your space. This does not include photo developing, post-production, travel to Delhi, accommodations or meals in Delhi. All on ground expenses will be taken care by participants.
Refund policies will be emailed with acceptance letter.
– If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing:
– Creative Image will reimburse all the registration costs except for $150 / INR 10000 administrative fee, if the participant informs Creative Image of cancellation at least 20 days before the first day of the workshop.
Beyond this time limit, Creative Image will charge the following:
- 50% of the cost if cancelled between 7 and 20 days before the workshop commences.
- 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 7 days before the workshop commences.
- All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of either the contractor/or participant need to be paid in full.
- Creative Image is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We suggest that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.
A partial scholarship will be given to the most deserving applicant from India who can’t afford the fee.
The applicant will be evaluated in terms of the portfolio and his/her personal statement.
Fee for the scholarship holder: USD 800
Age criteria: 18-25 years
The deadline for application has been extended till 21st Feb 2017, and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt. All applications received after the deadline will be considered, subjective to availability of seats.
Successful applicants will be informed via email. Full payment should be received by February 11th to fully confirm your place.
Please note: Creative Image reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 10 participants. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 10 days advance notice.
Creative Image reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
For queries please contact Amit Chauhan / Sunakshi Gupta (Workshop Manager) at email@example.com.