Living traditions occupy a prominent place in the Indian social system. Any living tradition has a natural flow. There can be no doubt about the fact that traditional art forms reflect the ideals of the society, its determination to survive, its ethos, emotions, fellow-feelings, and so on. Drama in itself is a complete form of arts. It includes in its framework acting, dialogue, poetry, music, etc. Dashavatar is the most developed theatre form of the Konkan and Goa regions. A traditional religious play based on the concept of ten rebirths of Lord Vishnu in Hindu-mythology. Generally these plays are performed by the local artists. Dance ritual dramas are held in most of the temples during festive occasions. There are no female-artists; female part is also played by males. Dashavatar is a school of ethics for indian people from last 300 years. These plays don’t have any written scripts. Only they have that the theme line story of 20 to 25 lines. Before the few hours from the play the whole group decided which story they are going to perform tonight. And after that they improvise the story with there spontaneous dialogues for 4 hrs. Apart from stylized make-up, the Dashavatar performers wear masks made from wood and paper. These differences make dashavtar fully experimental theater which is totally different from traditional theater plays.
I personally feel that the artist must work for soul which he belongs to. It was long thinking process for me before doing such a photography project on dashavtar, which belongs to my soul and peoples of my culture. I have very nice childhood memories regarding the festival occasions and dashavtar dramas. Because of globalization and the civilization I was already disconnected from such beautiful things of my childhood.
The most tragedy now days are the reconstruction of old temples. Cement concrete building is taking place of historic old wooden temples and that are affecting the cultural values and the old days memories of our generation. That is the reason why I decided to capture the whole scenario of festivals and dashavtar dramas so the upcoming generations can imagine the richness of this culture.
Truly speaking i never handled camera before doing this work. That was one of the normal days of November 2011, when this magical thing came in to my hands and my life turned become more beautiful. From November 2011 up to Feb. 2012 travelled for 4 months one place to another and captured more then 10000 photographs. Dashavtari drams normally starts 2’o clock at midnight. That is why all the photographs are taken in available light.
I am very happy that somehow, because of this whole photography process, once again I got reconnected with my culture. This all process was very enriching for me and I am sure that I will convey that to you through my photographs.