Kumbh Mela - Suresh Naganathan

Tales from the Kumbh

The World's largest human gathering came to an end early March 2019. I read the other day that it didn't set 1 but 3 Guinness World Records.

Having spent a few days there, I can imagine how those world records were set; the sheer magnitude of the event overwhelmed me!

Since I undertook this life-altering trip, I've been struggling to find a way to share my visual experience. How could I do justice to all the stories of the Kumbh? So much was happening around me that one set of "greatest hits" images didn't feel enough to describe all that I saw! The "aha" moment came a few days after the end of the Kumbh when I shared a mini-series of people holding on to each other (Chapter 3 here below).

I realized that the Kumbh is not about one unique point of view and experience but like the people coming from different parts of India, it is a congregation of small moments all tied together by the faith of the people. So I made little series to encapsulate the simplicity and grandeur of the Kumbh Mela.

I trust you will enjoy my 8 chapters.