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Patterns of Jama
Documentary 17th June, 2017

The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Old Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India. This final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort has a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees.

I have been photographing EID in Kolkata for the last three year and was in search of some varied frames. So, thought of moving out of the state and capture the different. Jama Masjid was on the top of the list.

At Jama, to celebrate the festival of EID, different activities start a week before. I, along with my friend, went there a couple days before, with a solid intention, prepared as much as possible to take on my first photographic project outside my hometown. According to the plan, me and my friend started capturing moments. As the shoot went on, the vigor and enthusiasm took over us. We spent Iftaar and the day of Eid, shooting all day long. At each moment a new frame would form and then dissolve in front of our eyes. The way the devotees would sit for a prayer, the pattern they made, their expressions, all on the backdrop of the huge Jama Masjid, left us mesmerized. I kept on picking up small fragments and would freeze them through my lens. Here are, some of them, in a collage of frames for your views.


About Photographer

Supritam Karmakar
Supritam Karmakar

Supritam Karmakar, lovingly called by all his friends as Tubu, is a Kolkata based young photographer. He has been practicing photography for last three years. His journey on the path of photography, began as a hobby in 2012 in a wedding Ceremony. Street, Documentary and Wedding are primary areas of his interest.

He started with a Nikon point and shoot camera and presently using a Crop Censored Nikon D7200  with f3.5/5.6 - 18mm-140mm.

With a background in Engineering, he began as a self-taught photographer. But, according to him he stepped in the real world of Photography, the day he started learning about it from our mentor Mr. Joydeep Mukherjee.