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HIPA Awards – Colour Photography

The winner of the coveted $120,000 grand prize at the HIPA Awards in Dubai this year was the 29-year-old Indian photographer Anurag Kumar, with this image taken during Holi, the Hindi festival of love and colours. Holi is referenced in ancient Hindu text the Puranas, and by the poet Kālidāsa during the 4th century reign of Chandragupta II. Although the word ‘Holi’ originates from the legend of ‘Holika,’ the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu, it is now celebrated as a festival of new beginnings, to forgive wrongdoings, and to rid yourself of past errors and conflict. It has recently spread, in secular form, to Europe and North America. “The photo could have been restricted to red and yellow,” Kumar says, “had it not been for a man throwing a handful of blue powder over the seated worshippers, who allowed the barrage of colours to layer them.” Another Indian photographer, Aruna Bhat, won first prize with a photograph taken in Ki Gompa, a monastery of Tibetan Buddhists deep in the Indian Himalayas. Every evening, after a day of careful worship and deference, the …


BJP Staff