In a new series, I will combine photos and short sound clips. In this first contribution a fragment of a women’s song, recorded in Varanasi (India). Local women sing about a young bride who doesn’t want to leave for her husband’s parents’ house (in the song ‘sasural‘) for she fears many problems …
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When Aarti, daughter of the local midwife, was married off, there were mainly tears. Never had she seen her husband and she was afraid of that first night, about which the women of the neighborhood had warned her so often. I photographed her marriage and the birth of her first child, one year later.