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Kalbelia womens health

Photographer Noroc Mihaela s stunning portraits of women

Elsewhere, there's a uniformed policewoman in Pushkar, a town in Rajasthan, and an elaborately dressed college student who attends classes in a full cerise sari. A Rajasthani women in Jodphur; Rajasthanis are famous all over India for their brightly coloured outfits. A Marathi young woman in Nashik - India has more than two thousand ethnic groups.

Right, a muslim woman in pink robes and headscarf in Pushkar. Brightest stars: Sonam Kapoor is one of the most successful - and highest paid - Indian actresses. Says Mihaela: 'While most Indian men wear modern clothes like anywhere in the world, Indian woman are amazing keepers of tradition with their everyday outfits.

'Seeing a policewoman on the street or hearing stories about strong female activists is also something very common.

Clothes, colourful, simple, western feature heavily and illustrate the differences in region.

A young Kalbelia woman at the Pushkar Camel Fair.

Many of the women featured are young but, in Mumbai, an elderly lady, who will turn 100 this year, is celebrated too.

Other striking images show the diverse religions of the country with images of a young Hindu pilgrim making an offering on the Ganges River in Varanasi and a Sikh woman at the Golden Temple in Amritsar making the collection.

In Mumbai, Mihaela met and photographed one of the world's biggest Bollywood stars, Sonam Kapoor. There are also countless ordinary women, usually unnoticed, who are symbols of strength and dedication for their families and within their small communities.

Says the photographer of her inclusion: 'Sonam is not just a huge star in India, but also a great person, and a symbol of beauty and success for many. . 'Together, they are more than 600 million beauties, part of an incredible and ancient culture, and every one of them deserves the respect of the world.'. She says: 'Unfortunately it is incredibly common for Indian women to suffer from domestic violence.

A Sikh woman at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar is seen wearing a colourful turban and the kirpan, the short dagger that symbolises a Sikh's duty to come to the defence of those in peril. Their talent in mixing the colours, traditional accessories, and henna decorations is remarkable - even in poor and undeveloped areas.'.

'Through these portraits, I want to show how special Indian women are, regardless of their environment or ethnicity.'.

A street seller, left, who travels each morning from her small village to the city of Varanasi. Mihaela continues: 'Despite all of these challenges, India has one of the highest numbers of female politicians in the world.