Photographer's Note

Dhonuchi- this is a dance performed during the evening arati in Durga Puja. The Dhonuchi on the ashtami (the eight day of the puja) is said to be the best. Today is the ashtami, if i don't get trampled by the crowds, I shall definitely click and then post a picture of todays Dhonuchi sometime tomorrow.

I'll tell you whatever little i know about it- for more queries and answers, ask our Bong friends : Avishek, Arnab, Kausik.

The earthen pots seen in the picture have burning coconut shells (that's why the smoke). The clay pots are obviously very hot and the only way to hold them is from the bottom (see man's hands). Well, we do have people perform tricks like holding it in their mouth like he is (i think, when you really do it from your heart, it doesn't matter how hot the pot it; its all about faith & goddess Durga i guess:) The drums are constantly rolling (see background) and dhonuchi is performed to its beat. The sound of the drums and the sight of the dance being performed is quite an experience in itself. I was getting goose-bumps while watching it. It was magnificent.

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