India: Culture and Color


My photographs reflect India’s rich diversity of people, religion, language, and landscape. This series is my impression of one of the oldest civilizations in the world. I found India to be a living mosaic of multicultural experiences seen in the colors of everyday lives. India’s worship, dress, food and customs are all color coded. The symbolic expressions of color is known as Ramga.


In a country as diverse as India color is a symbolic agent which stands out and controls every aspect of life such as religion, politics, festivals, and celebrations. Red is associated with one of the most revered goddesses in Hindu mythology – Durga. Her scary image is enhanced by her red tongue and almost red eyes. White is the acceptable color at funerals and ceremonies that mark death in the family and is accepted as the color of peace and purity. Orange is the most dominate color in all of India. Orange stands for courage & sacrifice.  Yellow symbolizes sanctity and is an essential herbal ingredient applied on the body and face by women in India. Blue is associated with Lord Krishna one of the most favored Gods in India. Finally, Black represents anger and darkness.