Kristian Bertel | Photography
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In this archive story we are photographing a child at the Main Market Rd in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Today, more than 60 million children are forced to work in India, more than 12 million of whom work in a state of servitude and these children grow up and live in inhumane conditions. India is strongly characterized by inequalities between different regions and groups of populations. Children are most affected by this poverty and social inequality.
Today, more than 60 million children are forced to work in India, more than 12 million of whom work in a state of servitude and these children grow up and live in inhumane conditions. India is strongly characterized by inequalities between different regions and groups of populations. Children are most affected by this poverty and social inequality.
Kristian Bertel, Photographer By Kristian Bertel, Photographer
– Updated on June 26, 2024

Main Market Rd portraiture

Biologically, a child is a human being between the stages of birth and puberty or between the developmental period of infancy and puberty. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. Children generally have fewer rights and less responsibility than adults. They are classed as unable to make serious decisions and legally must be under the care of their parents or another responsible caregiver.

How do I use natural light in portrait photography?

When you are capturing portraits with natural light, you want to avoid harsh daylight whenever possible. Natural light portraiture is meant to be dreamy, with soft light. This light is best found during 'Magic' or 'Golden' hour. That time generally falls an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset.

Challenges for children in India
Education in India is primarily provided by public schools which are controlled and funded by the government at three levels such as central, state and local and private schools. Children's rights include the right to health, education, family life, play and recreation, an adequate standard of living and to be protected from abuse and harm. Children's rights cover their developmental and age-appropriate needs that change over time as a child grows up. Under various articles of the Indian Constitution, free and compulsory education is provided as a fundamental right to children aged 6 to 14 and the approximate ratio of public schools to private schools in India is 7:5.

While India surges ahead as a driving force in the world economy, 10 of millions of children are being left behind. Children from the most vulnerable communities, including those from the lowest castes and tribes, from religious minority groups and girls, do not have an equal chance to succeed. Too many children are stunted due to severe malnutrition and child marriage, child labour and poverty are persistent challenges as Save the Children India also is saying.

"India has made progress in increasing the attainment rate of primary education. Some years ago, approximately 75 percent of the population, aged between 7 and 10 years, was literate"

Education in Republic of India
India's improved education system is often cited as one of the main contributors to its economic development. Much of the progress, especially in higher education and scientific research, has been credited to various public institutions. While enrollment in higher education has increased steadily over the past decade, reaching a gross enrollment ratio of 24 percent in 2013, there still remains a significant distance to catch up with tertiary education enrolment levels of developed nations, a challenge that will be necessary to overcome in order to continue to reap a demographic dividend from India's comparatively young population.

Pushkar portrait in market street of India
As a photographer he went into the Main Market Rd in Pushkar, which is a city in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated about 10 kilometers northwest of Ajmer and about 150 kilometers southwest of Jaipur and it is a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs. Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples and ghats in Pushkar are from the 18th century and later, because many temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area. Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt.

Brahma Temple in Pushkar
The most famous among Pushkar temples is the red spired Brahma Temple built by Gurjar samrat Pushkar, who is father of 'Vedmata Gayatri', who was a chechi kanya married to Lord Brahma. It is considered a sacred city by the Hindus particularly in 'Shaktism' and meat and eggs consumption are forbidden in the city and Pushkar is located on the shore of Pushkar Lake, which has many 'Ghats' where pilgrims bathe. Pushkar is also significant for its 'Gurdwaras' for Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. One of the bathing 'Ghats' is called 'Gobind Ghat' built by the Sikhs in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh.

Pushkar is famous for its annual fair Pushkar Camel Fair featuring a trading fete of cattle, horses and camels. It is held over 7 days in autumn marking 'Kartika Purnima' according to the Hindu calendar the so-called 'Kartik month', which are either October or November. It attracts nearly 200,000 people. In 1998, Pushkar hosted about 1 million domestic which is 95 percent and international tourists over the year. Pushkar fair continues for 5 days and these 5 days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers. This fair time is the busiest time for them, as this is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Animals, including over 50,000 camels, are brought from distant places around to be traded and sold. All the camels are washed and adorned, some are shorn to form artistic patterns. Some camels, horses and cows are colorfully decorated.

Marketplaces in India
In addition to the animal trading market, Pushkar in parallel holds a festival of folk music and dances, ferris wheels, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional sports and team entertainment competitions. While the Pushkar fair is held around the 'Kartik Purnima' that typically overlaps between late October and early November, other seasons feature other sports and festivals for pilgrims who visit the sacred lake. The sub-continent may have borrowed the concept of covered marketplaces from the Middle East around the 10th century with the arrival of Islam. The caravanserai and covered market structures, known as 'Suqs', first began to appear along the silk routes and were located in the area just outside the city perimeter. Following the tradition established on the Arabian peninsula, India also established temporary-seasonal markets in regional districts.

In Rajasthan's Pushkar, an annual camel market was first recorded in the 15th century. However, following the foundation of the Mughal Empire in northern India during the 16th century, this arrangement changed. A covered bazaar or market place became integrated into city structures and was to be found in the city centre. Markets and bazaars were well known in the colonial era. Some of these bazaars appear to have specialised in particular types of produce. 'Sonu Juice Stop', 'The Laughing Buddha Vegan Cafe Pushkar' and 'Honey Dew Café & Restaurant' are amongst some of the places near by, where the photograph was carried out.

See this video about Pushkar in Rajasthan made by The Travel Map.

The photographer's own experience with the market street in Pushkar
"- Strolling through the bustling main market street in Pushkar is an experience that's both exhilarating and overwhelming. The narrow, winding lanes are packed with a vibrant chaos of sights, sounds and smells, creating a sensory overload that's hard to resist. From the moment you step onto the street, you're immediately enveloped in a sea of colors, as stalls overflow with an array of textiles, jewelry, souvenirs and local handicrafts", the Photographer says.

"- The air is thick with the scent of incense and spices, adding to the exotic ambiance at the Pushkar, India main market street with colorful stalls. Rickshaws weave through the crowd, their bells jingling merrily, while hawkers shout their wares, their voices blending into a cacophony of calls. The atmosphere is electric, charged with the energy of thousands of people from all walks of life converging on this sacred city"
, the Photographer says again.

"- As you wander through the market, you'll encounter a kaleidoscope of sights, from shimmering silver jewelry to intricately woven carpets and hand-painted pottery. There's something to tempt every budget and taste, from cheap trinkets to high-quality antiques. The main market street is also a great place to sample local delicacies. 'Chaat stalls' line the street, offering up plates of crispy 'Samosas', tangy 'Tamarind chutney' and sweet 'Lassi'. You can also find fresh fruit, roasted nuts and steaming cups of 'Masala chai'"
, the Photographer says again.

"- One of the most fascinating aspects of the market, I think, is the sheer variety of people you'll encounter. Pilgrims from all over India come to Pushkar to bathe in the sacred lake and many of them stop to shop for souvenirs and religious items. Foreign tourists mingle with locals, adding to the multicultural mix. Pushkar's main market street is a sensory overload, but it's also a place of wonder and excitement. It's a must-visit for any traveler who wants to experience the heart of this vibrant city
", the Photographer says again.

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