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    The ritual that we are about to touch on is called DONDI. It is a ritual of Hindus, performed on the day of Shitala Puja, a Hindu Goddess who is worshipped to protect people against many Hindrance and diseases. On an auspicious hot summer day scores of Hindus after taking a dip in the river Ganga at Kalighat, a renowned holy place in Kolkata, perform this ritual locally (in West Bengal, India) known as ‘Dondi]
    Composition 35
    Lighting 23
    Creativity 27
    Story 35

    What a moment! What a composition! The reflections of the figures in the background, her pose, my gosh this is one of the most striking and beautiful images I've seen in a while. Yet, even in this close up moment of a human being who is vulnerable and exposed, I feel her dignity and beauty preserved. Magic!

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer
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    Date Taken: Apr 19, 2014
    Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2014
    Location: Kolkata, Bengal, India
    Focal Length: 12 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
    Aperture: f/6.3
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Somnath Chakraborty
    Categories: Culture, Portraits, People
    Assignments: Strong Women, Your Outdoor Adventure , Faith, From Above, The Story of Hunger and Hope, Time Capsule, How Close Can You Get?, Self-Portrait