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LIGHT OF THE GODS: VARANASI 4-DAY MASTERCLASS (FULLY BOOKED)


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Embark on an unforgettable expedition to photograph the spectacular Dev Deepawali festival in Varanasi. Led by two of the most prominent photographers today, Vineet and Rohit Vohra, be ready for an experience of a lifetime.   

Varanasi is the only place on Earth where Diwali is celebrated twice. Dev Deepawali (or Dev Diwali) is a festival celebrated 15 days after Diwali to commemorate the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasur. 

On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy bath (Kartik Snan) in the Ganges, and the 88 ghats in Varanasi are decorated with millions of Diyas (earthern lamps) in the evening.

Nearly 100,000 pilgrims visit the riverfront to watch the river aglitter with lamps while the Ganga Aarti (holy ritual) is being performed by 21 young Brahmin priests. 

Come join us in Varanasi and and capture decisive moments that you will savour for a lifetime.

Class capacity: 10 pax

Includes: accommodation, all transportation within Varanasi, and breakfast meals.

Excludes: 
- Return international air ticket
- Any private expenses
- Room service fees
- Porter services
- Visa fees (if applicable)
- Beverages / alcohol during meals
- Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)

Closing date for registration: 4 July 2018

Singapore contact: (Tel) +65 6511 9388 (Email) akademie.lcap@leica-camera.com


DAY 1, 21 Nov 2018, Wednesday

12:30 PM Check in to the hotel.

1:00 PM Meet, greet & briefing
(Each participant to prepare 6 favourite images for review)

3:00 PM Gather & shoot towards Assi ghat, every participant gets to shoot with the mentor and understand the purpose of shooting on the streets.

6:00 PM We reassemble at Assi ghat and come back to the hotel. Participants have to download and make a selection of images shot during the day.


DAY 2, 22 Nov 2018, Thursday

6:30AM We leave the hotel at 6:30 am and walk towards Assi Ghat. Reach the ghat and start shooting with a theme for a photo essay in mind.

10:00 AM Walk back to the hotel.

10:30 AM Break to download images and have breakfast.

1:00 PM Lecture and review of images.

2:30 PM Lunch break.

3:30 PM Depart hotel for Raj Ghat.

4:30 PM Arrive at Raj Ghat, walk with the mentors around different colourful ghats and photograph people setting up Diyas (earthen lamps) on the steps.

5:30 PM Re-assemble and meet the mentors.

6:30 PM Shoot the lights and the festival on the ghats.

7:45 PM Depart for the hotel. Followed by dinner.


DAY 3, 23 Nov 2018, Friday

7:00 AM Depart towards Tulsi ghat, shoot the morning Local Akhara (Wrestlers).

10:00 AM Walk back to the hotel.

10:30 AM Break to download images and have breakfast. Meet after lunch.

1:30 PM Lecture and review of images.

3:30 PM Depart from the hotel towards Assi Ghat.

3:50 PM Boat Ride towards Dashaswamedh Ghat. Watch the Evening Aarti (prayer ceremony).

7:30 PM Head back to the hotel followed by Dinner.


DAY 4, 24 Nov 2018, Saturday

8:30 AM Meet after breakfast and depart for Vedic school.

9:00 AM Shoot at a local Vedic school.

10:30 AM Head back to the hotel.

10:45 AM Break to download images and prepare final selection.

11:30 AM Lecture and final review of images.

2:30 PM Lunch break

3:30 PM Depart for airport.


 
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ABOUT VINEET VOHRA

Born in Delhi, India, Vineet completed his Masters in Fine Arts from the prestigious College of Arts in Delhi. He is a self-taught photographer and street photography is a passion that he follows like a discipline. He presents workshops globally and has judged the MSPF (Miami Street Photography Festival). He is currently judging the San Francisco Street Photography Festival. His works and stories have been published in various prestigious magazines including National Geographic. He is part of the famous collective www.streetcollective.comwhich comprises of only 8 members from around the world. In 2015, he was placed 5th in the top 20 most influential street photographers. He is a Leica Brand Ambassador.

 
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ABOUT ROHIT VOHRA

Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 15 years. His works have appeared in numerous publications around the world. He is on the judging panel of some of the top photography awards in the world, including IPA, PX3, SIPA, MIFA, Tokyo International Foto awards, Photography Grant, etc. In 2017 he was placed 1st in the top 20 most influential photographers in the world. He is a Leica Brand Ambassador.