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Sourav Saha

Sourav Saha
Kolkata, India

This photo was taken in a festival named “Poush Mela” in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India. The “Poush Mela” festival happens yearly and is known for its rich traditions which bring the folk culture from various parts of West Bengal in a single platform. The “Baul” community is an integral part of this festival, and the one of the main attractions is “Baul” song. It is a form of folk song with specific style of performance and presentation, and written in very simple language so that it is understandable to everyone. The “Baul” community is also known for their Bohemian lifestyle which brings them closer to the Sadhus in attitude. With this lifestyle, comes the addiction to weeds.

In this photo, the Baul indulges himself for a quick smoke of tobacco mixed with weed at the end of a long day of performance in the festival. I liked the expression, and the moment that echoes the satisfaction he draws from the smoke.

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