Little India is a very interesting place to go to for street photography. It is even better if you shoot there during a festive day! You get to shoot people who are attending the festivities, people from the parade troupe and many more. So in this article, I will be showing you guys the photos which I shot during Thaipusam this year. It was very crowded with a lot of Indians as they are celebrating this festival day of the year.
Thaipusam (a combination of the words: Thai and Pusam, these refer to a star that is at its highest point during the festival) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community during the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). Countries such as Mauritius, Singapore, and Malaysia, with smaller communities will also celebrate this special day like countries with major Tamil communities.
It was a very fun and interesting day as there was a procession wherein devotees performed various acts for the celebration. According to tradition, devotees will go through a fasting for approximately forty eight days and on the day of the celebration, they will carry Kavadi, because by doing so, their loved ones will be free from illnesses etc. Kavadi can be in the form of piercing needles through the cheeks, tongue or skin. The bigger form of Kavadi will be a bigger structure like those in the photos above.
You can even shoot more by shooting portraits of the people who are standing or sitting around. Just put on a smile and ask them politely for a photo, I am sure most of them will say “YES” hahaha! Try doing that because I did that for the above photos. Do drop by Little India during the next Thaipusam or even on normal days, there are other interesting things to shoot!