Photographer's Note

Every Sunday morning, this man and his wife come to our colony. His wife plays the dholak (an instrument like the drums, but one which you could hang around your neck) while he whips himself with this thick whip. Why he does it-I don't really know. I have been told that the story behind it is that he has been cursed by a supernatural power and this is the only way to get rid of it. He also asks the crowd for some bheeksha (money). The sound of the drums is quite intriguing-its different and can be recognised from the other drums of its kind. The sound of him whipping himself is so loud, I can hear it loud and clear from my second floor apartment, while the balcony door is shut! I once saw him whipping himself and was stunned- he actually swung the whip around and brought it down on himself real hard. I'm sure it hurts quite a lot, but pain just doesn't show on his face!

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Additional Photos by Smrithi Rao (sn00zie) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 892 W: 27 N: 592] (2384)
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