Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mumbai Christmas Fest 2014




The best thing I liked about this year’s Christmas Fest was that children were having a gala time. 





Everyone wanted to give the skating blades a try, and they enjoyed falling and trying again. 
The Christmas father was the main attraction for the young ones and the big line to get the goodies was proof of that. The organisers had a tough time keeping everything in order.



I liked his entry in a "fancy sleigh"



A group of kids happy to pose with him 


 while some were a bit stiff 


 I even found a child petrified of this white bearded alien and was clinging to his mother, bawling away.  You can see more in the first video.

This boy was posing on a Vardenchi motorcycle while another one waited (are they twins?)


Kids were getting the hang of playing the tambola (housie)




The showman kept the toddlers happy with his jugglery 




While processing this picture, I had a close look at his nose and was wondering how he could perform with that ball continuously pinching his nose.
At the end of the show, they were eager to be photographed with the "colourful men" (or rather the parents were eager)



Some had the added advantage of a good view from the top.



Nobody wanted to miss the chance of being photographed in front of the Christmas tree.


Later in the evening, the German band Die Vagabunden entertained the crowd and there were many on the dance floor  (as is evident from the video



A section of the crowd enthralled by the band. 

 
The IGCC did a good job of arranging the complete event and there was no dearth of food or beer.


The band group posing with some friends 


 and a candid shot


Some were ready to give a posed shot



while some were busy with selfies

 
By the way this is the first time I used a dual shoulder harness for my cameras and found it very useful and handy. Like one guy told me “You are the most dangerous person in the party” When I asked him why, he said: “with two cameras hanging on either side, we don’t know which one you will pull up and shoot”   

Planning to write two more blogs, one on the Mumbai Oktober fest and another one on the Mahalaxmi Race course

If you are watching the video on YouTube, keep the settings on 720pHD for clarity. One more video has been uploaded on Facebook.





20 comments:

Sandhya said...

Interesting! I must tell my son about your dual camera! The picture of the race course at day and then night, is interesting!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
This epitomises the joie-de-vivre of the season! YAM xx

Jim and Sandie said...

Christmas is such a wonderful time to watch people enjoy themselves. However, I would have been the one falling down and not able to get up again. lol

Gail said...

It is always wonderful when children are happy. Great shots of happiness and fun.

Augustine Xavier said...

Beautiful and perfect photo shoot Joe all the elements captured have been perfectlying woven to build such a lovely story. Great job.keep it clicking. Regards Auģie

Andrew said...

It all looks like it was a lot of fun for children and adults. The blade skating without ice is curious.

Christine said...

wonderful photos of a grand occasion!

Anita said...

Your Christmas Father looks exactly like Santa Clause - minus a fat stomach. Hmmm... :)
Such a good time everyone is having!

joeh said...

Nothing like kids and Christmas!

Joy said...

It was a happy event indeed:)

orvokki said...

It seems very happy happening.
Santa Claus has made a long trip from here Finland to you Mumbay. (You know that Santa Claus is living in Finland, Lappland.?)

We have at Christmas time always a devout atmosphere, we sing Christmas carols, we eat rice porridge, there are Christmas carol concerts, we ignite the candles at home in the dark night and so on. - and here must have snow and frost.

Have a happy Christmas time.

Missy George said...

Looks like a fun time..Lots of people..Kids are having a blast..Have a wonderful Christmas

George said...

It looks as if the Christmas Fest was a huge success. I enjoyed your photos very much. It's wonderful to see families having fun together.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Interesting photos of festive and fun times for both young and old. The guy in the red suit attracts children around the world and you captures some great shots of the different reactions.

Sharmila said...

Perfectly captured festive fun. :)

Locomente said...

Looks like fun...
Thanks for sharing :)

Lady Lilith said...

How cute. This event looks well organize and fun for all ages.

Aishwarya Pramod said...

hehe @ petrfied children... poor things!

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Your photography is really wonderful. I enjoyed seeing a glimpse into another cultures Christmas celebration. Thank you!