Metal rods bent and fashioned like golf clubs. Holes dug in the dirt. In the slums of Mumbai, hustlers tee off with ping pong balls from tin roofs, navigating chaotic the landscape of cows, rickshaws and chai shops.
The Wall of Death "Maut ka Kuaa”, gravity defying cars and motorcycles circle wooden cylinder shaped like a barrel 50 feet in diameter. Held by sheer centrifugal force, performers thrill audiences with wild stunts.
Excerpt from Prashant Bhargava’s RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi - a performative encounter between film and live music shot during the chaotic and jubilant festival of Holi. Showcased with a live orchestra at the BAM Next Wave Festival.
On January 14th on the festival of Uttarayan, the city of Ahmedabad flock to the rooftops one million kites dueling and soaring in the skies above. Armed with razor sharp thread laced with ground glass, all vie to slice their neighbor’s kites. Children await below in the streets for the prize of a fallen kite.
Excerpt from Prashant Bhargava's acclaimed feature 'PATANG'