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Madru Choudhary, is the chief custodian of the Harishchandra ghat in Varanasi, India. He was 45 at the time the photo was taken and his family has been "in the business" for generations. Harishchandra is the smaller of the two ghats used for the cremation of thousands of Hindus each year. They are of the Dom caste which historically has included traders, weavers, scavengers, and musicians.  (His first name can also be spelled Matru. His last name is also spelled Chaudary, or Chaudhery).Varanasi, India.

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Madru Choudhary, is the chief custodian of the Harishchandra ghat in Varanasi, India. He was 45 at the time the photo was taken and his family has been "in the business" for generations. Harishchandra is the smaller of the two ghats used for the cremation of thousands of Hindus each year. They are of the Dom caste which historically has included traders, weavers, scavengers, and musicians.  (His first name can also be spelled Matru. His last name is also spelled Chaudary, or Chaudhery).Varanasi, India.