Silver / 2016 / Book / Documentary

The Faith of Life

  • Prize
    Silver in Book Proposal (Series Only)/Documentary
  • Company
    Creative Art Solution
  • Photographer
    Avishek DasAvishek Das is an Indian born Photographer. Over the past 5 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.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 Geography US Edition , 1X .com , Vogue , Dodo Magazine , Asian Photography , Better Photography , 121 Clicks and many more . He bagged more than 110 Awards including Silver &Gold Medal from Royal Photographic Society , Photographic Society of America , International Association of Photographers , United Photographers International , FIAP for his Photographic works . In 2015 his significant achievement like - Grand Winner of Ariano Film Festival - Italy , ICICI Bank Privilege Moments Zonal Category Winner - India, Asian Photography Artistique Special Mention - India, Metropolis Asia Runner Up - Street Category. He has been Appointed as Jury Member from Russia , Bosnia , Serbia for different International Photography Competitions. For his Photographic development & achievement he has been Awarded with Distinction AFIAP from Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (France) & Crown Level 2 by Global Photographic Union , Greece.

The Faith of LifeThis documentary is based on an Indian Culture / Ritual called Gajan. Gajan is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly in the Rural part of West Bengal, India. Gajan spans around a week, starting at the last week of Chaitra continuing till the end of the Bengali year (Mid of April).In different part of West Bengal, India these Rituals are being celebrated with different dangerous Traditional Play like Playing with Dead Bodies, Human Skull. This year I went to a remote village of Bardhaman to document this practice. According to the villagers, this practice has been going on for more than a hundred years. Police and district administration do very little to stop the ugly and unhygienic practices.Bardhaman, Bengal , India. April 2016Photos and text by Avishek Das