I’m Anirban Saha and I am a photo-blogger by passion. Travelling, meeting newer people, sharing smiles with them and knowing more about their folk culture, heritage and religious practices entice me. My other areas of interest include Digital marketing, data science, entrepreneurship and anything Bengali!
I own a company called “Kolkata Bloggers”, which creates content for corporates, organises blogging workshops and blogger outreach programmes for different brands. In the last one year, we’ve worked/partnered with NASSCOM, The Times of India, International Kolkata Book Fair, Facebook, Government of West Bengal to name a few.
I had decided to leave photography but now, I want to get back to it. During 2013 – 2014, as a freelance photographer, I’ve worked on short assignments of Rolling Stone magazine, Harley Davidson, Soumitra Chatterjee, Anandabazar Patrika. My images have been used in multiple promotionals, government advertisements and even on the CD cover of Pandit Bickram Ghosh’s “Timeless Tabla”.
I was invited to conduct photography workshops in St. Pauls Mission School, Frank Anthony Public School, Loreto College, NIT Durgapur to name a few. Now I teach photography in Mahadevi Birla World Academy.
However my interest lies in knowing the culture, listening to and retelling stories. I’ll short list a few blog posts which you must read on this blog:
Tusu festival in the interiors of Purulia district in West Bengal is one of the most interesting folk festivals that I have covered. The rituals include the men ganging up and proposing women in poetry and music and they get reciprocated accordingly. Click here to continue.
Did you ever come across Jesus Christ being worshipped the Hindu way? That’s one facet of Bengal which is cherished but not well spoken about outside. Yours Truly happens to be the first outsider to publish such images in more than a century. Click here to read more.
Gajan festival is a folk festival which is much explored by many photographers. This is an account of my experience of Gajan in Krishnadebpur, West Bengal in 2014. Visit the post to read.
“Boshonto Utshob” is one of the Bengali way of playing Holi, with dry colours and a lot of singing and dancing, celebrating Tagore and the arrival of Spring in equal measures. Check the blog post here.
The Kayged festival and Chham dance is something unique to all cultures, that has developed in the Indo-Tibetan region. The Chham dance is a masked dance where they re-tell stories from their folklore. Check out the post here.
Most of my treks are not documented. However, the caving experience in Meghalaya is. I plan to explore more of the north east and present more stories to you.
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