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Thaipusam in Singapore, 2016

First time I shot Thaipusam in Singapore was in 2015 (Link opens in new tab). It was such a grueling experience for me that it took me few days to get it out of my head. Entire event was so high in emotional quotient that I made sure I will attend this event without failure in future. So when this year dates were announced, I had to go. Singapore gives me ample opportunity to shoot cityscapes and landscapes but very few to shoot emotions, people and culture.

While I was just preparing for the shoot, on 23rd of January (one day before the event) I got an email from National geographic that they have published one of my image (from 2015) on their website in “celebration” category.I was elated to read what Associate producer of NatGeo had to say about my image. Small pleasures of a Photographers Life 😉

My image published on National Geographic website

My image published on National Geographic website

I was pretty excited to shoot the event again and posted on Facebook that I would be going to shoot the event and if anyone would like to join me for the shoot. I got an overwhelming response from people and ten people decided to join me for the shoot. Though three of them ditched us at last moment. We decided to shoot from 7AM and continued shooting till 11AM, followed by a sumptuous South Indian Brunch and an awesome discussion. I met a few devotees I had shot last year. I showed them their last year clicks on my phone and they were happy to see them. In return they gave me special attention and nice poses. They asked me to email/whatsapp their images, to which I duly obliged.

Since I have already written about the religious aspect of this festival in my last year post I would not repeat it here. I would let pictures do the talking.

What is Thaipusam?

Thaipusam is Prayers and Offerings!

Thaipusam is Prayers and Offerings!

Thaipusam is exhilaration!

Thaipusam is exhilaration!

Thaipusam is Composure!

Thaipusam is Composure!

Thaipusam is a Focal Point!

Thaipusam is a Focal Point!

Thaipusam is Agitation!

Thaipusam is Agitation!

Thaipusam is Intensity!

Thaipusam is Intensity!

Thaipusam is a Way Of Life!

Thaipusam is a Way Of Life!

Thaipusam is Vigor!

Thaipusam is Vigor!

Thaipusam is Allegiance!

Thaipusam is Allegiance!

Thaipusam is Joy!

Thaipusam is Joy!

Thaipusam is Pain!

Thaipusam is Pain!

Thaipusam is a festival!

Thaipusam is a festival!

If you liked this post, please let me know how you felt about the entire event by dropping a few comments below.

17 thoughts on “Thaipusam in Singapore, 2016

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks Chandra. I liked your 70-200. This lens provides excellent reach in such events and is amazingly sharp.

    1. Ankur Post author

      When i first shot Thaipusam, I was really floored by the sentiments associated with the festival. Luckily I got an opportunity to shoot it again.
      You have also captured some interesting images from the day. I was there till 11AM, so we must have surely crossed each other 🙂

  1. hackernewbie

    I could see it only after a few tries and still feel tad uncomfortable. There is something on the same lines that happens in our part of Assam called ‘Charak Puja’. Its much more extreme than this and I have never had the heart to see it up close.

    Google it if you are interested. Who knows that might become another reason for you to visit the North East 😉

    1. Ankur Post author

      That’s why I went empty stomach for shooting. I had my brunch only after completing the shoot 🙂
      I just checked images from Charak Puja. Its altogether a new level of self inflicted pain. Though, I strongly disagree to this form of religious/cultural beliefs but I would love to shoot it someday. You have just given me yet another reason to visit North east.

      1. Ankur Post author

        Leo, This terrified me. I have never seen this kind of Kavadi in Singapore. Perhaps this is banned in Singapore due to health/safety concerns. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks Vivek. Where are you hiding your pictures?
      I am sure your closet will show use us some interesting viewpoints 🙂

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks for dropping by Kat. Better late than never.
      I am glad you liked the images. This time I shot the event with a group of photographers.
      Though my second time, it was an amazing experience.

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