Dilli Haat, Janakpuri is a beautiful place at night (I’ve never seen this place in daylight). The architecture is enchanting and its lighting is calming as a prayer and when the two are combined, it has an effect of peace on my soul. Moreover, opened only a couple of years ago, the place is still unknown to most people thus the few lovers who sit in the darkness of the open, garden-like space on the roof, lit only by the light below reflected back down by the fog find themselves in the most romantic environment possible there. I love that space, to sit there and look up into the night sky. If there is a music concert below, at the small open air theater, you will hear the sound more beautifully here, with all the hooting, yelling, shouting, and cheering from the audience.
These days I try to pull myself out of my room and go out into the crowd. I should not keep myself alone in my room. For some reasons. I drove to this peaceful place. I walked up one of the stylistic passages (they are not stairs, or roads though looked like roads considering what’s below is an architectural structure other than a bridge), and soon I heard some male voices singing a song from a Bollywood movie in a chorus, accompanied by guitars. That was beautiful. That was not on the terrace, but below. I immediately climbed on the stone parapet (you’d fall if not careful enough) because the flowers between the parapet and the ledge you can sit on occupied wide enough space to block the view of what is happening where the men were singing if you do not stand on the parapet.
From the parapet, it was beautiful and I immediately lost my heart to the scene. The beautiful song–the five men forming a circle, some sitting some standing, all of them strumming on their guitars, beneath a lamp post with one dim light haloing their space. Later on, right before leaving the place, I talked with a gentleman among them, Rohit Kundal, and he said they were members of LIMA (Live Music Alive). I want to know more about them and will do the necessary research later, though it would have been better in a way if I knew more about them before writing this post, but yes it still has the surprising freshness of me being not yet aware of them. (Added later: Their Facebook pages are here and here, and the YouTube channel here.
I held my camera out, extending my hand as long as I could so that the parapet does not block part of the view. The result was a shake, strong enough to make the picture bad, because I set the shutter speed at a low value so that I could reduce the ISO to avoid grains. I usually shoot non-humans, and I forgot all about it. My hand shaky, slow shutter speed and the men moving energetically in the rhythm of their song. Imagine what the picture would be. I was not aware of this at that moment. I came to know this only later when I reviewed the pictures. This was what I could do, best at that moment.
I was not satisfied, so I took some others shots, but they were worse because I did not think about the camera settings at all. The following one is slightly different.
Later I changed the white balance to fluorescent white light, and the results are respectively:
I wanted to video record them singing. This is from a shot from the video setting (the video has yet to be processed):
I took a few shots from some other angles, but for not any better results:
One of the singers, Rohit Kundal, was looked more enthusiastic maybe at least because of where he was standing (his hands and facial muscles were very expressive) and I love how he performed (all of them performed excellently, particularly the gentleman in a white T-shirt–he, along with Rohit, was more visible from my positions), but I am so sorry I could not capture all the beauty.
I was in raptures about their song maybe because they put all their heart in the singing. They were not singing for money or fame; they sang because singing made them happy, and that was the feeling communicated to me when listening to their song. I love happiness like this, ones that are available in texture of everyday life, not the ones most people follow at high costs.
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