Pilgrims at Maha Kumbh Mela
Pilgrims walking on several boat-bridges during Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Uttar Pradeh, India.
Kumbh Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Allahabad, Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra). The festival is marked by a ritual dip in the waters, but it is also a celebration of community commerce with numerous fairs, education, religious discourses by saints, mass feedings of monks or the poor, and entertainment spectacle.The seekers believe that bathing in these rivers is a means to atonement, penance) for past mistakes, and that it cleanses them of their sins.
Author: Erberto Zani is an Italian freelance photographer and journalist.
Graduate at University of Parma in History of Arts, he spended several years as photographer in advertisement sector (1998-2004).
He worked as journalist and photographer for the newspaper Gazzetta di Parma (2004-2007) and as editor in chief for magazines Arim Salute, 2008-2011, Inedito Koppel, 2005-2015, Amurt Newsletter, 2008 - until today.
Freelance since 2008, most of his works are focused on documentary-humanitarian themes.
He cooperates with companies, magazines and No Profit Organizations, for photographs and editorial projects.
Member of Italian Order of Journalist (n.122388) since 2007.
Photography books designed and published:
Elemental fashion (2018), Exodus / Rohingya in Bangladesh (2018), Kied Pologo (2017), Aftermath (2016), Black World (2015), Maha Kumbh Mela (2014), Tsiry (2014), Babanagar-Colombia (2013), Sahel (2012), Hope (2011), Haiti, fragments (2010), Drops of Life (2010), Da Borgo San Donnino al Passo della Cisa (2006).