Photographer's Note

Another 'Dawn shot' in succession, this taken 3 months later & 1050 Km away from Orchha, in Jaisalmer.

Reaching Gadi sagar or Gadisar Lake, the oasis of Jaisalmer at around half past 6, the sun was still below the horizon. The boats were still parked along the ghats. The sun scaled the boundary wall, bathing the sky in pastel, & the birds woke up to the morning, conglomerating on the domes of the chhatris, while some more flew in to join them. My eyes feasted on the beauty that unfolded.

As I walked back, I heard the thin sound of a musical instrument being tuned. There was this man, sitting on the bank of the lake, setting up his musical instrument, called Khamaicha, with the backdrop of the two chhatris. Made of mango wood, goat skin and goat intestines, this four stringed instrument is basic to Rajasthani folk music. Seeing me, he gave a big grin as I took seat on the ground. He began with a song on God Shiva & divine rhythms filled the surroundings. ‘Aur ek gaana sunaiye’, I requested (Please sing another one), & so he did. Then another one & another. I was his sole audience & he sang from the bottom of his heart. I would have spent an hour or so, mostly with my eyes closed...except when my fingers twitched signaling me to press the camera shutter ;-). My heart had reached a higher level of bliss & calm resonating to the music. As the March sun started to hurt, I was brought back to earth again. I offered him some money, but he refused. "I don’t get audiences like you that often, who care about my music", he said, as he got up. But I insisted & with a smile, he said, "let’s have tea together"...It was my turn to oblige.

But my fingers had twitched quite a bit during the hour, which means that I did take a lot of pictures of him singing, some I’ll post later.

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