Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam by Avishek Das

Kulasekharapatnam or Kulasai, is a remote coastal town in Tuticorin district in Tamilnadu. South India. Sri Mutharamman temple is located at Kulasekharapatnam village near Thiruchendur 55 km south of Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu, India).
Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Kulasekharapatnam or Kulasai, is a remote coastal town in Tuticorin district in Tamilnadu. South India. Sri Mutharamman temple is located at Kulasekharapatnam village near Thiruchendur 55 km south of Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu, India).

The Nearest Airport is Tuticorin which is connected from Chennai Airport. Tuticorin known officially as Thoothukudi, earlier used to operate as a minor port for pearl fishing and trading with neighbouring Sri Lanka. A 300-year-old Mutharamman Temple resides in the town where a massive Dasara celebrations takes place every year. This festival is very unique from every perspective starting from devotees’ costume, face painting, expressions & the extreme devotion from the devotees’ which makes a great cultural atmosphere during Dasara days.

As per the tradition of this temple, devotees are inspired to transform themselves as Goddess Kali, kings, monkeys, beggars, and have to beg in the streets of the town. Their collected money is then submitted as an offering to Sri Mutharamman Goddess. Transformation to different looks are very much unique & powerful specially the looks of Goddess Kali as per Hindu Mythology. Devotees carry big fire pots on their hands as a part of the ritual, directly giving burning camphor on their heads & tongue during this Transformational Journey. Catching the moments of these powerful expressions towards their almighty are different from any other Dasara celebration of India and difficult to freeze the frame.

More than 1.5 million people gather here year after year on the tenth day of Navaratri which is called as Dasara which falls generally during October Month as per Calendar. This day is also considered a most auspicious day in the localities to start any kind of new venture. The photo series consisting different moods, expression, emotion of the devotees while observing the Dasara Festival at Sri Mutharamman temple. Watching this Dasara Festival from an artist point of view is very unique and to remembered for long time.

About Avishek Das

Avishek Das is an Indian born Photographer. Over the past 7 years he has been actively associated with this field of photography. He is the Chairman of Creative Art Solution – A Registered Photography Club of India under Federation of Indian Photography & Liason Officer of Master of Light Photographic Association for Asia & India. 

He is currently associated with International News Photo Agency Pacific Press as Photo Journalist.

His photographs and writings have already been published in different Websites & Photo competition in national & International  level ( Italy , France , Argentina , Serbia, Romania , Wales , Greece , Canada , China , Bosnia , Malaysia , Bulgaria , Bosnia , Macedonia, Turkey , UK , Bangladesh , Slovakia , UAE , Indonesia ) , National Geographic Your Shot Edition (80 Times)  , 1X .com  , Vogue , Dodho Magazine  , Asian Photography , Better Photography ,  121 Clicks , SHADES of GREY & Color Magazine France , Creativeimagemagazine , inspiro India ,  Unframe Italy , Singapore Airlines Silk Magazine and many more .He bagged more than 450+ Awards (National & International) including Bronze, Silver & Gold Medal from Royal Photographic Society , Photographic Society of America , International Association of Art Photographers , United Photographers International , Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique for his Photographic works .

His significant achievement like – Grand Winner of Ariano Film Festival – Italy (Digital Photo Category), ICICI Bank Privilege Moments Zonal Category Winner (India), Asian Photography Artistique Special Mention Award (India), Metropolis Asia Runner Up Award – Street Photo Category, Finalist in HIPA Award & Siena International Photo Award, Silver Medal Winner in Px3 Paris Global Photo Award, National Award Winner- Sony World Photography Award 2017 , Merit & Honor Award in Golden Orchid International Art Festival USA 2017 , ND Awards 2017 , Tokyo International Photo Awards 2017 ,  2nd Prize Chromatic International Color Award 2017 , Life Press Photo Award Ukraine 2018 (2nd Prize)  . He has also been Rated World No 1 Top Exhibitor by Photographic Society of America’s Who’s Who in Photography Book 2016 – Photo Journalism Section.

He has been Appointed as Jury Member from Russia, Bosnia, Serbia, India for different International Photography Competitions. For his Photographic Development & Achievement recently he has been Awarded with Distinction EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) from Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (France) Recognized by UNSECO and Crown Level 2 by Global Photographic Union , Greece , SSS/r by Sille Art Gallery , Turkey , EFIP from Federation of Indian Photography ,  Hon. PESGSPC / GPA PESGSPC from Cyprus.

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

Expressive Dasara Festival at Kulasekharapatnam | Avishek Das

More Stories

Dancers; Lifting Up by Jacqueline Zilberberg

Dancers; Lifting Up by Jacqueline Zilberberg

The photographs of dance improvisations, accompanied by the dancers’ own words, trace the resuscitation of the dancers and their practice when, in the absence of colleagues and audiences, they reinvented their relation to their bodies and to the discipline of dance.
Tithe Muse by Nicoletta Cerasomma

Tithe Muse by Nicoletta Cerasomma

Teresa Bandettini was one of the most talented eclectic woman of the XIX century. She was well known as the intellectual dancer due to her captivating and touching extemporization performances.
My Americana by Joseph Patronite

My Americana by Joseph Patronite

“My Americana” is a long-term photography essay. Its goal: to create a contemporary view of the people, places or happenings which depict The United States of America.

Monochromatic Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the monochromatic awards. We are looking
for the best monochrome picture for this year, 2022.

The contest is open to any interpretation of monochromatic photography,
black and white, grayscale, sepia or any type of tone.

DEADLINE | THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022

PHOTO BY © SVETLIN YOSIFOV
My mum by Viet Van Tran

My mum by Viet Van Tran

To me, my mum, 88 years old, is a mirror of her will to rise up in the life and overcome disease. I want to record some moments forever, not only in my mind and heart, but also in a tangible shape.
From a Distance by Antonis Giakoumakis

From a Distance by Antonis Giakoumakis

This series of my photos, which has been captured in a photo book, is nothing more than an attempt to approach human moments that are most often done subconsciously. An effort that continues.
Beginning to die by Ana Leal

Beginning to die by Ana Leal

The work “Beginning to die” reflects on the physical and psychological aspects that women go through when their fertility naturally comes to an end. I started this project in 2019 when appeared the first signs that I was entering the climacteric, the period that women go through until they reach menopause, which is actually the last menstrual cycle.

Featured Stories

Nathan Wirth ; Twilight by the Sea(sons)

Nathan Wirth ; Twilight by the Sea(sons)

I first decided to pursue photography for many reasons: a love of black and white photography, a desire to reflect the silences of nature through imagery, and a wish to express a kind of visual poetry. 
Urban kaleidoscope by Shoji Fujita

Urban kaleidoscope by Shoji Fujita

Every time I look into my camera, it is as if I am looking through a wonderful world of kaleidoscope. As I spend time observing and capturing the sun's creations.
Wake Me Up by Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

Wake Me Up by Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

Some people wake up in the morning full of energy and some find themselves fumbling for the snooze button. How you begin a day goes a long way towards how your day would end. So it is important to find ways to get off to a good start.
Warehouse by Szymon Barylski

Warehouse by Szymon Barylski

Serbia, Belgrade near the main train station where around 1,000 people are seeking shelter. Mainly Pakistanis and Afghans live in a derelict warehouse. The warehouse occupied by men and minors, they’re living in extreme conditions
Anže Godec; Austro-Hungarian army complex abandoned by Yugoslav forces finds a new artistic life

Anže Godec; Austro-Hungarian army complex abandoned by Yugoslav forces finds a new artistic life

Army complex from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It lies by Metelkova Street in the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was abandoned in the early 1990s, when Yugoslavia collapsed.
Africa by Timo Heiny

Africa by Timo Heiny

I try to hold tight on my photographs what I felt during my journeys, the intuition of a nativeness. Maybe it is the mystical idea from the beginning of humans, an original relationship between human and nature
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Mono-banner.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Monochromatic Awards. We are eager to see photograhs with new focus points and innovative approaches

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/banner.jpg

The book where words and images meet to never leave each other, The book contains 20 evocative paintings; each of them is a double page. 56 printed pages | 235x165mm

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/call21.jpg

Call For Entries #21 | After 20 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Ryan Cooper ; Essence of personality

Ryan Cooper ; Essence of personality

It is pretty common for the photographer’s to get tirelessly hung up on a search for the perfect photo.
I am South Africa by Carla Kogelman

I am South Africa by Carla Kogelman

Creativity and positive focus and energy are for her the base and the ingredients for growth. To develop, to grow, to have a richer live as a human being.
The photography of Lenghi Teng

The photography of Lenghi Teng

Lenghi Teng is a Dutch photographer based in Rotterdam. She was born in 1976 in Vietnam and grew up in a Chinese family. At the age of three she moved to the Netherlands. 
François Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

François Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

I lived in France from 1976 to 1980. While there I had been covering the Socialist Party and when François Mitterrand decided to be a candidate again for the presidential elections I wrote him a letter with a project to document his campaign from the inside, with total access to his private and political activities.
The ordinary by Lotta Lemetti

The ordinary by Lotta Lemetti

For me creating still life compositions is a form of self-exploration. The creating process is an intriguing and almost devotional journey through my mind. Through predilections in aesthetic decisions such as subject matter, color and composition the work reflects who I am, where I come from and what I have experienced.
Faubourg Treme by Alexis Pazoumian

Faubourg Treme by Alexis Pazoumian

There are many similarities between Louisiana and my country of origine, Armenia.That they are a victim of a natural disaster or a crime against humanity, a doggedness of the history

Call For Entries

We are looking for 6 fantastic photographers
who want to give an incredible impulse to their career.

We are going to put your photographs in front of the eyes of the directors
of the best galleries, festivals and agencies around the world.
Are you coming with us?

DEADLINE | TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2022

PHOTO BY © JULIA FULLERTON-BATTEN

Trending Stories

Alone in the world Saskia van den Boom

Alone in the world Saskia van den Boom

For this series I have documented the life of my postman Frans. From his fifties house and run-up cat Amalia, to his rowing machine and the naps he takes before starting his mail round.
Past beauty flowers by Heiko Römisch

Past beauty flowers by Heiko Römisch

The photographs should show the transience oft the flowers and in this transience the new structures, colours and forms oft the petals up to the roots.
Hakim Boulouiz ; Street Photography

Hakim Boulouiz ; Street Photography

Hakim Boulouiz is a street photographer with a deep passion for urban territories. The city captivates him, fascinates him, amuses him, but it also shakes him up, troubles him and preoccupies him.
Phobias; Touch the sky by Andrea Koporova

Phobias; Touch the sky by Andrea Koporova

Is serie from summer 2015. Andrea Koporová in this art work mirrors the story of a man with his little fear and uncertainty took a step to happiness.. "touch the sky"
Preparation of Indian Traditional Dress – Saree By Avishek Das

Preparation of Indian Traditional Dress – Saree By Avishek Das

The traditional dress of Indian Woman is Saree which is very popular through out the World for its design, variety, textures and colors. Santipur & Fulia from Nadia districts of west Bengal
Time and space; Suspended by Claudia Orsetti

Time and space; Suspended by Claudia Orsetti

These photos are part of an ongoing series called Suspended. During the quarantine – somehow a forced situation of suspended time – I’ve had the chance of reflecting on my own relationship with time and space.
Five minutes with Mike Ruiz

Five minutes with Mike Ruiz

Mike Ruiz is a world-renowned photographer, who also happens to be a TV personality, former model, actor, spokesperson, creative director an director. With his wide array of esperiences an interests
Portals (Passages) by Nikki Raitz

Portals (Passages) by Nikki Raitz

This photographic series evokes a sense of escapism, passages and changing ideals through the use of female dancers and imposing doorways. In each image a woman interacts with the frame - emerging from it, departing into it or otherwise moving inside of this space.
A ti vuelvo by Johis Alarcón

A ti vuelvo by Johis Alarcón

The fear of losing them made me return: my land, my mother. we are a land that feels, land that cries, land that thinks, that suffers and regenerates

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact hello@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.