Photo courtesy of Benjamin Dix

Kumbha Mela: A Photographic Exhibition

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Benjamin Dix

A study of India’s largest pilgrimage in photographs by Benjamin Dix (Dixie)

“For 23 days I stayed inside the Kumbha Mela. If all those days had been like the photos I’ve seen before then I would have gone mad. I may well have been in the most crowded place on earth, but I found peace within it.” – Dixie

The exhibition illustrates the Kumbha Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimage, which marks the place where the gods spilled the nectar of immortality. Dixie was invited to the 1998 Kumbha Mela in Haridwar by Guru Laxman Das with whom he had been living with in a cave Ashram in the Himalayas on his first visit to India. The exhibition contains a personal selection of pictures taken by Dixie during his time with the Sadhus and of the quieter side to the largest gathering of humanity on earth. Dixie’s pictures of the river at dawn, and his vivid portraits of pilgrims depict the peace among the crowds and the devotion at the Mela’s core always with a great sympathy to his subject being reflected in his work.

The exhibition has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Bagri Foundation, and support of Treacle Media and Joes Basement.

Benjamin Dix

Benjamin Dix is a professional photographer and has worked as a Communications Manager for the UN and NGOs across Asia and Africa for the past 12 years. He was based in Vanni, Sri Lanka with the UN from 2004 until the UN evacuation in 2008. He has a BA in Political Geography of South Asia, an MA in Anthropology of Conflict and Violence and is currently writing his Doctorate in Anthropology: Artistic Representation of Violence. In 2012, Benjamin founded PositiveNegatives to use multimedia and traditional forms of art to represent global conflict, humanitarian and migration issues to a wide and diverse audience.

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