I became aware of Anindito Mukherjee’s work via Instagram. On his website, I saw his photos of Holi, a Hindu festival.
Here’s how Anindito describes the festival: A widow throws flower petals as she, along with others, celebrates Holi, a festival that heralds the beginning of spring and is observed all over India. Traditionally in Hindu culture widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasures and do not celebrate Holi. But women at this northern Indian shelter for widows who have been abandoned by their families took part in the celebration that is also known as the “Festival of Colours”.
In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis".
A few facts about Anindito from his website:
Anindito is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer, with experience in covering News, Politics, Economics, and Documentary stories.
He started his career with India Today in 2006 and has subsequently been a part of global newswire agencies like EPA, Reuters and Bloomberg. Anindito's work has been featured in leading newspapers, magazines, online forums and other publications globally including The New York Times, Time Magazine, IHT, Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Globe and Mail. He deftly uses his photography skills in projects that cross-over from journalism to the development sector and the corporate world. His clients include Vedenta, the World Health Organization, The Rotary International, UNICEF and WaterAid India.