Story Behind The Lens #4 – Colour is part of India’s Language

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Colour is part of India’s Language

One of the first things that comes to mind when someone ask me to describe India?  I immediately think of something that India imprinted in my mind…. Colour! (and lots of it.) The use of colour in India has served as a marker for social and cultural identity for hundreds of years.

In the Vedic period different colours were associated with different communities in India. Colours was a way to to identify who was from where. Besides his/her community of origin the hues of a garment can also give information of the persons age and marital status. Red is regarded as a very auspicious colour and is associated with the Goddess Lakshmi. Many brides North and South India are draped in a vibrant red on their wedding day.

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Colour is also synonymous with the religions, religious symbols, festivals and celebrations. Saffron yellow or orange is the colour associated with monks and holy men. In colourful Buddhist tapestry and art each colour represents an emotion, feeling or transformation. The Hindu festival Holi is a celebration where rainbows of coloured powder is spread in the streets to celebrate the victory of good over evil and the coming of spring.

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So perhaps it is not necessary in the 21st century for certain colours to be associated with were you come from but that has not changed this nations mind to tone down. The streets come alive with waves of silky colours as the woman in their bright sari’s collect their daily supplies. Temples are beautifully decorated with colored flowers and draped cloth. Tuk Tuk’s, buses and carts are blinged up with splashes of bright colour and everything else that sparkles spreading happiness where ever they go.

The colours of India mesmerizer the rest of the world with it’s beauty.  Perhaps more so because of the stories and legend’s that bind its people, its culture and beliefs. This is just one aspect that makes India an incredible country to explore.

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Liza Williams

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  • March 3, 2018 at 9:07 am

    You are absolutely right! Colours define India. The photograph speaks a lot – beautiful hues and such natural expressions. Can;t wait to read more stories of India on your blog. 🙂

  • March 2, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve never been to India (yet!), but I associate India with bright colors too. Flowers in temples, saris, and of course the famous Holi festival all come to mind. I love the beautiful colors of the sari that the woman on the right is wearing in this photo!

  • March 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Good point. We are certainly a colourful people (pun intended). Except for perhaps the tribal africa, I’m yet to see another region that is as colourful as India

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    What a beautiful observation. I haven’t been to India before, but if someone was to ask me to describe it, colorful would definitely be one of the adjectives I would use. I love how everything from the food to the transportation to the clothing of various sects are vividly alive with color!

  • March 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I love seeing the bright red wedding outfits on brides in India. I did not realize that color also used to signify where people were from. Interesting fact about the meaning behind Holi week, thanks for sharing!

  • March 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I agree, we are very colourful people! I once saw a picture someone took at Taj Mahal of ladies in saris, orange, red, green, blue, yellow and it stood out so beautifully against the white backdrop of the Taj. Maybe that’s why sometimes my friends here (in Dubai) point out how colourful my clothes usually are when I don’t even think about what I am wearing.

  • March 1, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I travelled to northern India a few years ago, what a fantastic trip!
    I loved everything about it, especially the kindness, the smiles and the way Indians are always willing to share 🙂

  • March 1, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I’ve never been to India, but am mesmerised by the photos I’ve seen. Didn’t know about the significance of the colours, but after this, I’m more knowledgeable! The Holi festival looks very colourful!


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