Adrian Page Media - Photography, Audio and Text
Adrian Page Media

Photography

Click on an image to display a larger version.

We have no set price structure - our preference is to establish a working relationship and negotiate a price that both parties are happy with. Please contact us for details.

Without The Taj Mahal - Reportage - 'India - Death Knell For Snake Charming' Box 4 File 2 m13 10

India without Snake Charming would be like India without the Taj Mahal - Unbelievable. Unbelievable or not this is now the case.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Major Tourist Attraction Banished - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming -B3 F3 M3 1

The days are over for one of India’s major tourist attractions – Indian Snake Charming

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

All in the Past - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0044b

Sapera stops for a moment and gazes across the landscape seemingly reflecting on times gone by. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Baisakhi in Hand - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0074b

With the aid of the Snake Charmer's Baisakhi, a spade like tool, the herbal root is dug up.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Medicinal Nerapsi - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0076b

Ancient traditional medicine for the treatment of Krait snake bites

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Medicine Man - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0066b

Another ancient Snake Charmers skill – locating medicinal herbs

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Medicinal Safed Musli - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0072b

Herb for the treatment of scorpion bites Ancient traditional knowledge handed down to father to son over millennia

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Snake Habitat - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0028b

Sapera studies the landscape where the wasteland close to agricultural fields is ideal for Cobra and Rat snakes

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Ideal Snake Habitat - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0083b

Sapera with his eldest son. They use to systematically work their way across wasteland in search of snakes and their locations, but today no more

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Cobra's Domain - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0034b

Not just a hole, but the home of a cobra. Apart from a groove in the mud entering the hole made by the Cobra the Sapera found skin it had shed close by. In days gone by the Sapera would have dug down into hole and retrieved the Cobra – no more

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Cobra Skin - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0035b

Sapera identifies the skin as that shed by a Cobra

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Old Habits Die Hard - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0056b

Re-enacting the time he was out hunting for snakes. Just like millions of India’s Snake Charmers doing what has been in their bloodline for generations.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Shed Skin - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0087b

Skin shed from a Rat snake

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Death on the River - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0089b

A Rat snake stood little chance of survival once it entered the river which contains a cocktail of pollutants just like so many other river systems that have been turned into blackened death traps especially for wildlife

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

The Last Saperas - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0029b

Sapera's eldest son began learning the skill of Snake Charming from his Father, but today no more

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Still Entertaining - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0209a

Today many snake charmers use their musical skills to play at functions such as weddings

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

An Illegal Act - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming - B3 F3 M3 2

The sight of snake charmers performing in India is now a thing of the past having been banned by the Indian Wildlife Protection Act.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Empty Topris - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0113a

Sapera represents the last generation of India’s Snake Charmers – the end of the line. Now left to play to a an empty Topris or basket.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

The Bottle Gourd - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC3936c

The Bottle gourd is the body of the snake charmers musical instrument the ‘been’. This unique musical instrument was created to make snakes perform and entertain audiences. The skill to play this instrument has been passed through the snake charmers bloodline for millennia.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Tools of the Trade - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0190a

In the centre is Tumba or Prem-Taal the Snake Charmers drum, in the front the button gourd from which the been is produced from, and tt the back is a flute

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Free to Roam - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming - B3 F3 M3 6

Protected by the Indian Wildlife Protection Act snakes like the Common Cobra are free to roam without human interference.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Once A Fashion Accessory - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming - Box 6 File A ns H2 10 a

Before the introduction of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act many species of snakes in India were caught for their skins. Snake skin was in high demand on the international market being made into a variety of fashion accessories such as belts, wallets and handbags for the fashion accessory trade. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

3 Generations of Saperas - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0021a

The last of India’s Snake Charmers

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

A Good Smoke - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0018a

Sapera elder spends time contemplating whilst enjoying his hookar

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Family - Once Snake Charmers - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0111a

Three generations of the Snake Charmers - Saperas

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

From the Past to the Present - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0220a

Ancient family traditions still continue in many rural family homes such as preparing and cooking the midday meal. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Day of Happiness - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC3911a

Food for the family means a day of happiness for Sapera's wife and her family, and just like millions more Sapera families around India today living from day to day.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Spotless - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0186a

Sapera's wife cleans the family stove. Stove is constructed from buffalo dung and cleaned with dung mixed with water – times have changed very little down the bloodline

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

No Dowry No Marriage - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0234a

Sapera's 20 year old daughter concerned about her future having been rejected time and again due to having no dowry to offer.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Rejected - Reportage - India - The Death Of Snake Charming _DSC0232a

No dowry no marriage rejected Sapera's 20 years old daughter

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Home in the Village - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0126a

Sapera elder at his home in the village

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Kitchen Sink - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0127a

Sapera elder at home washing the dishes - cleanliness around the village was very evident

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Little Change - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0196a

The family yard looking much the same as it has done for generations

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Playing the Tune - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0023a

In harmony the Sapera family no longer Snake Charming

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Learnt From His Forefathers - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0176a

Deep in concentration an elder, retired Sapera, plays an ancient hypnotic tune on the 'been'. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Ancient Pastime - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0223a

Sapera collects hot embers for his hookar

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

With His Hookar - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0225a

Just as his forefathers did Sapera enjoys time to reflect with a smoke from his hookar. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Little Left - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC3922c

For millions of Snake Charmers throughout India like this Sapera and his uncles little is left apart from time and memories

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

The End of the Line - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0025b

20 year old once thought he would follow in the family bloodline. He would like education, but now left to play the drum.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Rare Smile - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC3932c

In such hard times Sapera manages a rare smile

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Proud Sapera - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0172a

An elder and a prominent figure amongst his clan who has a great deal of traditional knowledge associated with Snake Charming. Traditional knowledge no longer required.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Food, fuel and building material - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0080a

Buffalo are of prime importance to rural village communities

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Friend of the Families - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0113a

Many families keep several buffalo within the confines of the prosperity.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Villagers Friend - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0157a

Buffalo are very much part of the village scene. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

All from Dung - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0100b

Snake Charming communities take a great deal of pride in themselves and all they do. Even the buffalo dung store is a work of art and well maintained.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Design in Dung - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0103b

Traditional art and design in buffalo dung

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Artist at Work - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0151a

Having learnt the art and skills handed down over generations a villager creates a new courtyard floor

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Job Well Done - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0161a

Ancient traditions carried on - lady surveys her artist work creating a new floor from buffalo dung

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Dogs Approval - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0155a

The newly laid buffalo dung floor dries in the morning sunshine.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Fade Over Time - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC3934c

Talented people with many traditional skills, but how many of their skill will fade over time

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Neat and Clean - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0012a

Constructed from buffalo dung

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Old Traditions - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0145a

Following ancient traditions the properties boundary is constructed from buffalo dung.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Family Members - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0048a

Buffalo are very much part of the family and rural village lifestyle.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

New Floor - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0072a

Ladies spreads buffalo dung mixed with water to create a new courtyard floor. Ladies play a major role in maintaining their properties in village communities

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Well Earned Rest - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0051a

Village life is hard and lady takes a well earned break from daily chores

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Spotlessly Clean and Neat - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0134a

Immaculately kept properties even the chicken’s house

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

No Work - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0122a

With little or no work many Snake Charmers now assist around the home.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Need of Education - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0077a

The ban on Snake Charming has left many youth will little prospects for the future

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Clean and Bright - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC3904c

Born into the Sapera bloodline what does the future hold for these children - time will tell.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

In the Bloodline - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0067a

Born into the ancient tradition of Snake Charmers what does their future hold?

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

In the Saperas Bloodline - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0064a

For the next generation what does their future hold?

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

The Future Generation - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0108a

Born into the bloodline of the ancient tradition of Snake Charmers what does their future hold?

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

The Next Generation - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0168a

Once destined to be a Snake Charmer what now?

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Guarding the Flock - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0062b

Snake Charmers have been the guardians of the farming community for centuries. Regularly being called upon to remove venomous snakes from farmer's fields and homes saving thousands of lives. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

In Safe Keeping - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0094b

For generations Snake Charmers have been called upon by farmers to remove venomous snake from the property in the process saving numerable lives Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Village Temple - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0241a

Village temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Divine Thoughts - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0099a

Sapera spends a moment to contemplate at the village temple devoted to Lord Shiva

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Trident and Cobras - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0096a

Associated with the religious beliefs of Lord Shiva the trident and the Cobras Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Paying Homage - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0033d

Devotee paying homage at a shrine which includes a copper Cobra coiled around a revered shivling associated with Lord Shiva

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

At a Place of Worship - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0038d

Devotee worshipping at a shine with a copper Cobra coiled around a revered shivling associated with Lord Shiva Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Revered Cobra Over Shivling - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0034d

A copper Cobra’s head rises over a revered shivling at a shrine where devotees attend to perform their daily worship. The Cobra and shivling are associated with Lord Shiva who Snake Charmers consider they are the direct descends of. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Lord Shiva - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming_DSC0119a

India is steeped in ancient religious beliefs. Snake Charmers believe they are the direct decedents of Lord Shiva who is depicted with a Cobra coiled around his neck Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >

Direct Descendants - Reportage - India - Death Knell For Snake Charming _DSC0118b

Lord Shiva with a Cobra coil around his neck is whom Snake Charmers believed they directly descend from. Further information and or photographs are available on request - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

View large image > >

Enquire about this image > >