A Holi Gram.
Posted by Mark Peters on Mar 22, 2019
To paraphrase John Donne; I am involved in humankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the flute toots; it toots for thee ...
When I first learned the featured flute player's name (Chandrapal, which means Master of the Moon), I burst into the lone Hindi song I know which makes reference to the moon — "Mere Samne Wali Khidi Mein" — causing the shopkeeper opposite the temple to start laughing uncontrollably.
मेरे सामने वाली खिड़की में एक चांद का टुकड़ा रहता है अफ़सोस ये है के वो हमसे कुछ उखड़ा उखड़ा रहता है
(In the window in front of me, Lives a piece of the moon, The pity is that she, Stays detached from me)
Footage was shot in Tapovan, India on an iPhone 6. Over the course of the video, observant viewers may spot a brief, blurry cameo by my index finger, four scooters, three people dipping their toes in the Ganga, a cow on the ghat, a father with his son sitting on his shoulders, and a fast-forming, spontaneous conga line.
For those unfamiliar with Holi, the festival signifies the arrival of spring, and with it, the blossoming of love. It starts on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalgun and extends into the following day. The first evening is known as Chhoti Holi and the following day as Rangwali Holi in which brightly-colored powders are liberally applied to fellow celebrants.
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