Indian Friends Dancing Covered on Holi Colorful Powder in India

Throwing of colored powders is the most renowned of Holi traditions worldwide. Celebrants often begin the day by coloring the faces of their closest family and friends in an intimate setting before letting loose in large, public festivities.

Bartosz Hadyniak, Indian Friends Dancing Covered on Holi Colorful Powder in India, 2019. Photography ©Bartosz Hadyniak. All rights reserved.

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Holi (Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent and by the greater South Asian diaspora across the world. Aside from being the festival of colors, Holi is a time to celebrate unbridled joy, love, and the triumph of good over evil. Through visual art, this installation highlights some of the spirit and traditions associated with Holi such as throwing colored powdered and spraying colored water through pichkari at friends and family and poojas (religious ceremonies).  

This collection is the result of generous donations from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the MGH Department of Dermatology, and the MGH Employee Resource Group Leaders Group.

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