The Ganges
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The Ganges

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Item Code: NAO983
Author: Raghubir Singh
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Language: English
Edition: 1992
ISBN: 9780500284100
Pages: 123 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Other Details: 9.00 X 10.50 inch
Weight 900 gm
About the Book

India is not a place, it is an experience. And the Ganges is not a river, it is an aspect of the divine. This is Raghubir Singh's personal pilgrimage along the Ganges, from the Himalayas, where the river rises among snows, through the villages of the Gangetic Plain, past Banaras and through Bihar, to the Bay of Bengal between India and Bangladesh. On the way he captures the essence of the river's many different stages and moods, it’s strange and stunning beauty, its turbulence and ferocity during the monsoon, and the intimate daily lives of the people who live along it. He shows the river's powerful religious significance, attested by the millions of Hindus who take part in the ageless pilgrimages and festivals held on its banks.

Raghubir Singh's camera is as fine-tuned as his sensibility. To read his introductions to each area or aspect of the Ganges and then to look at these fascinating and infinitely various photographs is to see that what he notices with his mind he can catch to an amazing degree in a visual image. In these pictures there is more than the conventionally beautiful; in them we are brought face to face with Loknadi, the river of the world.

RAGHUBIR SINGH was one of the twentieth century's finest documentary photographers. Among his other works are Rajasthan, Kashmir, Kerala, Banaras and Calcutta.


  Map 6
  A Long Time on the Ganga 7
1 In the Himalayas Plates 31
  1-15 35
2 The Uttar Pradesh Plain 51
  16-30 55
3 Kumbha Mela: The Great Gathering 71
  Plates 31-46 75
4 Banaras 91
  Plates 47-61 95
5 Bihar 111
  Plates 62-76 115
6 The Monsoon Rains 131
  Plates 77-91 135
7 West Bengal 151
  Plates 92-107 155
8 The Delta: Sagar Island and Bangladesh 171
  Plates 108-123 175


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