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kalakaar 2013 international photography contest

Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by designldg

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Laurent has the privilege to be one of the judges of the kalakaar 2013 international photography contest from November 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013
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It has started right now…Are you ready to click for a cause…?

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Vibha presents HDRsoft Kalakaar Photo Contest 2013, an annual international photography contest.
This contest is meant to tap into the artistic energy in everyone (kids and adults alike) and use their passion for photography to spread awareness about Vibha and its noble cause of supporting and improving lives of underprivileged children in India and the US.

Themes for the contest: World of Joy and Helping Hand

Participation is free.
Top photographers win valuable prizes and get a chance to showcase their talent.

Happy Diwali

Posted in Dev Diwali with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by designldg

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“May lights triumph over darkness.
May peace transcend the earth.
May the spirit of light illuminate the world.
May the light that we celebrate at Diwali show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace and social harmony.
Happy Diwali to everyone, Divali ki shubhkamnayen.”

Divali is a major Indian festival, significant in Hinduism , Jainism and Sikhism.
It is celebrated as the “Festival of Light” where the lights or lamps signify the uplighting of darkness and victory of good over the evil within.
The celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional dīpa or deeya (earthen lamp), and fireworks.
Divali is celebrated for five consecutive days at the end of Hindu month of Ashwayuja (amanta) in October/November.
Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships.
For Hindus it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the year, especially in North India.

This image was shot along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

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A Passionate Intuition

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“Faith is a passionate intuition.”
(William Wordsworth – English Romantic poet, 1770–1850)

This little boy wearing a beige jacket made this tazia.
His family invited me to have tea and to share a few sweets which are especially done at the time of Muharram.
From the window of the house I took several pictures of the people passing by and admiring this miniature replica of Husayn’s mausoleum and the children of the house decided to go outisde and to gift my lense their happiness.
This picture was shot in the area of Jaitpura in Varanasi (Benaras).

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An Oasis in the Heart

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“Faith is an oasis in the heart which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
(Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1883-1931)

Walking in the narow streets from Pili Kothi to Jaitpura in Varanasi (Benaras) at the time of Muharram is an enchantment.
In front of each house stands a tazia which is a miniature replica of Husayn’s mausoleum.
The simple ones are usualy done by the children living there, others which are more elaborated are made by several artcrafters from the city who follow different religions and maintain this way that well-known Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb (Ganges-Yamuna Culture) which is a fusion of Hindu and Muslim elements in the culture of the central plains of Northern India.
During this magical evening families and friends visit each house where stands a tazia as the day after they will be carried in processions.

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With a Driver and a Witness

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by designldg

With a Driver and a Witness

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“And every soul comes, with it a driver and a witness”
(Quran – Surah 50:21)

Those ladies came to enjoy the freshness of the Ganges with their children at the end of a Sunday afternoon, it was in May when the heat becomes almost unbearable in Varanasi (Benaras).
They were carrying a real happiness, enjoying simple things like a summer breeze which is certainlty the real meaning of well-being…
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“Alors chaque âme viendra accompagnée d’un conducteur et d’un témoin”
(Coran – Sourate 50:21)

Ces femmes sont venues profiter de la fraîcheur du Gange avec leurs enfants en fin d’après-midi d’un jour de mai lorsque la température devient presque insupportable à Varanasi (Benares).
Elles semblaient être heureuses, savourant des choses simples comme une brise estivale ce qui est certainement le vrai sens du bonheur….

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The Dawning of Knowledge

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The Dawning of Knowledge

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“No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.”
( Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese born American philosophical essayist, novelist and poet. 1883-1931)

This picture was shot a few hours ago near Vijayanagaram ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Today the oldest living city in the world was celebrating Dev Diwali, it was an opportunity for many to come to the river in order to persue their quest of wisdom.
Here and there some people were worshipping while others were dancing and having fun with a loud music in front of funeral pyres reminding the circle of life and the meaning of what we are.
Those young bramhans were happy to be there at a few steps of their school, they allowed me to carry on my attempt to capture a few colours of the human soul…

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The Art of Teaching

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The Art of Teaching

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“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
(Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet. 1883-1931)

This large class of 106 Bramhans pupils was standing at Vijayanagaram ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Two young ladies were giving them a lesson in Sanskrit it was before sunset.
Obviously they knew the art of teaching as everyone seemed to be deeply concentrated.
Since sunrise those teachers kept on walking from a child to another giving the same attention to everyone in this open space which has no chair, no desk, no window, no blackboard and which is next Harishchandra ghat, the second burning ghat of the city from where they could see the smoke provided by the unceasing activity of the cremations.
It is obvious that those teachers must have a vocation for what they are doing.
Like many others teachers in India they give a demonstration that the quality of education is not necessarily associated to some comfortable surroundings.
This might be something to meditate for many… ;))

Education for All

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by designldg

Education for All

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“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”
(Plato – Ancient Greek Philosopher, 428 BC-348 BC)

This was shot at Vijayanagaram ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) where a school for young Bramhans stands.
For once they decided to make the class outside.
The teachers were walking among the many pupils who were deeply concentrated into their work.

India has made a huge progress in terms of increasing primary education attendance rate and expanding literacy to approximately two thirds of the population and every ten years the literate population of India goes up by about 10%.
India’s improved education system is often cited as one of the main contributors to the economic rise of India.
According a few foreign students whom I spoke with, the quality and the level of education is higher in India than in Western countries.
Education in India is mainly provided by the public sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: federal, state, and local.
Child education is compulsory and the state governments allow free education at primary level.
However, not all Indians get the opportunity to go to school.
There is no free society without an education for all this is why I made this action my priority…

Salaam Namaste

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by designldg

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“We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
C.S. Lewis – British Novelist, 1898-1963)

I often take several pictures of those two boys whenever I go to the chawk in Varanasi (Benaras).
After school, Abdulaim doesn’t take the time to get rid of his tie as he is rushing to meet his best friend who is waiting for him in order to play at the upper terrace of his father’s shop.
One is Muslim and the other is Hindu.
Those boys mean so much to me, they are like a symbol for now and for the future and I wish them to cherish this precious friendship forever.

I wanted to upload their portraits now, at a few hours from the final verdict which will be delivered by Allahabad High Court concerning the Ayodhya Judgement.
The Ayodhya debate is a political, historical and socio-religious debate that was most prevalent in the 1990s in Ayodhya, a city located in the Faizabad district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The main issues revolve around access to a site traditionally regarded as the birthplace of the Hindu God Rama, the history and location of the Babri Mosque at the site, and whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create the mosque in 1527 by order of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India.

Before the 1940s, the mosque was called Masjid-i Janmasthan (“mosque of the birthplace”) acknowledging the site as the birthplace of the Hindu deity, Lord Rama.
The mosque was little used by the Muslim community of the district and Hindu worshippers’ of Rama gained access to the site.
However the Babri Masjid (or Mosque of Babur) was destroyed by hardline Hindu activists during a political rally involving 150,000 people which turned into a riot on December 6, 1992.
More than 2,000 people were killed in ensuing riots in many major Indian cities including Mumbai and Delhi.

The final verdict will be delivered on September 30th at 3.30 pm.
There is a palpable tension across the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Most of the schools are closed, stores and offices will be closed during the afternoon as well, fearing communal flareup.

Nevertheless our office will remain opened in order to shelter anyone in case of trouble, may they be Muslims or Hindus.
UNITY shall prevail whatever happens…!!!

(“Salaam Namaste” is a Bollywood film of 2005, using Urdu and Hindi greetings, respectively).

Infinite and Eternal

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by designldg

Infinite and Eternal,

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“A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.” (Lyman Abbot – American Congregationalist theologian, editor, and author, 1835–1922)

This is one more picture of that very happy little girl who leaves in a little village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This is a village were Muslim and Hindu families live together in harmony and I was truly touched to see how pure they are. I took many portaits, this one is only focused on the little boy in the background. It gives an impression of infinite enhanced by the light making a game of spirals.