INDIA-10209NF, Boy participating in the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is covered with red powder during the exuberant celebration. This festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Ganesh, or Ganpati as he is sometimes called, is one of the most popular deities in the region. He is worshiped by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Even Buddhists and Jains have respect for Ganesh. He is considered to be an avatar of both Shiva and Vishnu., Mumbai (Bombay), India, 1996In the midst of the festival of Ganesh in Bombay, as people young and old processed from their neighborhoods to the sea, McCurry interrupted a youngster with a request to make his picture. The boy consented, and one reads in his eyes the vulnerability of his acceptance. We see a fragment of festive time, a stilled moment extracted from a noisy, exuberant parade. Yet the boy, framed on the one side by three aggressive slashes of red upon the light face of a pillar; the shadow form of another person at his other side; and the central anchor of his intensely questioning eyes. -Anthony Bannon

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