Shirdi Sai Baba used to encourage local artistic talent during His stay at Shirdi. Along with Hari Bhajan and Kirtan there used be dance and singing performances by the local artists and this was much enjoyed by Baba.
In keeping with the same spirit the Sai Temple at Livonia, Michigan organizes ‘Sai Durbaar’ on the third Sunday of every month during which there are live performances by budding artists and artistic groups. These performance are not only entertaining and help in boosting confidence in the young but also helpful in keeping the Indian cultural fabric vibrant. Ironically and unfortunately this very fabric is fast fraying and losing it’s vivaciousness in India.
The photo essay below tries to capture the spirit of the surmayee and entertaining evening which we attended on 19th Feb 2017.
Tabla Vadak Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Violinist Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Vocalists Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Taal by Tabla Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Music teacher, also the Mother Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
Rasik enjoying the performance Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L
This year Ganesh Chaturthi was on September 17th. My family celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi every year in Goa in our ancestral house. Its a shame I was not able to attend Chaturthi in Goa. Nevertheless, Kshama made Bappa’s favourtie Modak. The first delicious photograph is of the mouth-watering Modaks.
Halloween is observed on October 31st and presently the sale of Halloween costumes and goodies (or should I say “badies”) is in full swing. Samarth was prompt enough to pick up the pumpkins as soon as he saw them and Kshama turned them into the Jack-O’-Lanterns. Second photograph is of the jack-o’-lantern family.
Modak Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Jack-O’-Lanterns Rebel T3, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Tomorrow (31st Aug 2015) it will be exactly one year since we visited the beautiful and majestic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Maryland. We had such a pious and serene experience there that it seems as if yesterday and the images and the sounds still linger in our memory.
Showcased below are some of the photographs that I took in the Basilica using the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens. Some of them are not as crisp as they should have been because this is the best the lens (and myself) could have done in the ambient lighting conditions and no tripod.
Crucifixion Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Pieta Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
The Universal Call to Holiness Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Rotunda Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Basilica Rebel T3, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II