Time magazine features Tobias Hutzler’s photos of the “Elaborate Hindu Dances of Navratri”

Time‘s popular photo blog, Lightbox, this week published a portfolio of Tobias Hutzler‘s photographs offering a unique perspective of the garba, a complex dance performed during the Hindu festival of Navratri in the Indian state of Gujarat.

“Traveling across Gujarat during the celebrations in 2014, Hutzler abandoned the street and climbed atop water tanks and temple towers for a bird’s-eye view that puts the motion and startling geometry of the festivities into sharp relief,” writes Nikhil Kumar, a reporter and Time‘s South Asia bureau chief.

The photo essay was edited by Kira Pollack, Time‘s director of photography and visual enterprise. Read and see more here: “See the Elaborate Hindu Dances of Navratri.”

 

This temple in the north of Gujarat is entirely unknown. On the eighth day of Navratri,  women perform the ritual circle dance as the men are watching. In the background pilgrims are making offerings in the temple, that is decorated for the celebration with thousands of LED lights. On the upper right corner holy smoke fills the temple area, from a fire-temple in which Ayurvedic ingredients are burnt in a huge lot. After long negotiations with the local priests, we were allowed to climb the temple roof  and gates, of this ancient temple. This temple and celebration has never been documented to this extend before.

This temple in the north of Gujarat is entirely unknown. On the eighth day of Navratri, women perform the ritual circle dance as the men are watching. In the background pilgrims are making offerings in the temple, that is decorated for the celebration with thousands of LED lights. On the upper right corner holy smoke fills the temple area, from a fire-temple in which Ayurvedic ingredients are burnt in a huge lot. After long negotiations with the local priests, we were allowed to climb the temple roof and gates, of this ancient temple. This temple and celebration has never been documented to this extend before. Caption courtesy Time magazine. Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

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