In this hundred and fortieth archive story by Kristian Bertel, we meet an Indian man in the pilgrimage town of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
There was a poetic sense almost like a troubadour over this Indian man that has been photographed during the morning hours in the holy pilgrimage town of Pushkar. A troubadour is a composer and performer of lyric poetry and since the word troubadour is etymologically masculine, a female troubadour is usually called a 'Trobairitz'.
There was a poetic sense almost like a troubadour over this Indian man that has been photographed during the morning hours in the holy pilgrimage town of Pushkar. A troubadour is a composer and performer of lyric poetry and since the word troubadour is etymologically masculine, a female troubadour is usually called a 'Trobairitz'.

Troubadour in India

Troubadours made chivalry a high art, writing poems and singing about chivalrous love, creating the mystique of refined 'Damsels' and glorifying the gallant knight on his charger. Troubadour was a fitting name for such creative artists and it derives from a word meaning to compose. In modern contexts, troubadour still refers to the song-meisters of the Middle Ages, but it has been extended to cover contemporary poet-musicians as well.

What are the troubadour's songs about?

The troubadour songs deal mainly with themes of chivalry and courtly love and most were metaphysical, intellectual and formulaic. Many were humorous or vulgar satires. But it could also be a singer especially of folk songs.

Important position in many societies
Troubadours, street poets and poets held an important position in many societies, who has the role of historian, soothsayer and propagandist. Words in praise of the tribe and lampoons denigrating other tribes 'Hija' seem to have been some of the most popular forms of early poetry. Back in history, troubadours were the shining knights of poetry in fact, some were ranked as high as knights in the feudal class structure. The troubadours known to historians came from a variety of backgrounds. They made their living in a variety of ways, lived and traveled in many different places and were actors in many types of social context.

"The troubadours were not wandering entertainers. Typically, they stayed in one place for a lengthy period of time under the patronage of a wealthy nobleman or woman. Many did travel extensively, however, sojourning at one court and then another"

Many genres of poetry
Troubadours, at least after their style became established, usually followed some set of rules. Initially all troubadour verses were called simply vers, yet this soon came to be reserved for only love songs and was later replaced by canso, though the term lived on as an antique expression for the troubadours' early works and was even employed with a more technically meaning by the last generation of troubadours, when it was thought to derive from the Latin word 'Verus', which means truth and was thus used to describe moralising or didactic pieces. The early troubadours developed many genres and these only proliferated as rules of composition came to be put in writing the Photographer learned.

ndian poetry and Indian literature in general, has a long history dating back to Vedic times. They were written in various Indian languages such as 'Vedic Sanskrit', 'Classical Sanskrit', 'Tamil', 'Odia', 'Maithili', 'Telugu', 'Kannada', 'Bengali', 'Assamese', 'Urdu' and 'Hindi'. Poetry in foreign languages such as 'English' also has a strong influence on Indian poetry. The poetry reflects diverse spiritual traditions within India. In particular, many Indian poets have been inspired by mystical experiences. Poetry is the oldest form of literature and has a rich written and oral tradition. Poetry is often separated into lines on a page, in a process known as lineation. These lines may be based on the number of metrical feet or may emphasize a rhyming pattern at the ends of lines. Lines may serve other functions, particularly where the poem is not written in a formal metrical pattern. Lines can separate, compare or contrast thoughts expressed in different units or can highlight a change in tone.

An immeasurable country
India is an immeasurable country of diversity and contrasts. Ice peaks in the Himalayas, the Ganges basin in the north, the deserts and semi-deserts in the west, the Dekhan high plateau or the sandy beaches and jungle areas in the south attract fascinating landscapes and incomparable cultural assets everywhere. More than hundred of the photographer's photographs show India in all its diversity and on holy men and meditation, India's exotic animal world, Maharajas and Mughal emperors, the heaven of the gods, Mahatma Gandhi and Indian cuisine. When reading the photographer's archive stories you can understand tips and tricks for planning your journey, whether it is your first time Traveling in India, your first photo trip or you are looking for ways to increase your ability to come away with great images. The practical advice, from years of experience and research, focuses on using your time effectively. The nature of this state in northwestern India, its history, from the Rajputs to the present day, its religions and the incredible diversity of its arts and traditions, its rural, urban and religious architecture.

Read also:  Bathing ghat at Pushkar Lake

Read also:  Bathing ghat at Pushkar Lake

More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of an Indian man in Pushkar. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.