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Singapore's Little India in the eighties, Petain Road's Sunday Morning Songbird Contest and images of the Hungry Ghosts' Festival

During the eighties, I started taking photographs around the streets of Little India.

One of the less publicised locations of Singapore's Sunday morning songbird contests took place at the corner of Petain Road and Sturdee Road in Little India. Here White Rumped Shamas, Red-whiskered Bulbuls and other types in their intricately carved lacquered cages compete. Sadly, these facilities have made way for modernisation of the area.

Trishaws were common during the eighties but now relegated to tourist rides. My wife and I took one down Jalan Besar for less than a dollar.

The Festival of the Hungry Ghosts, Zhong Yuan Jie or Mid-Year Festival usually takes place during 15th day of the 7th lunar month (August). This is when Singapore's Chinese pay respect to the dead by burning paper offerings and lighting joss sticks.

Early eighties images in Little India

Images are digitally scanned colour negatives, captured between 1984 and 1995 and processed using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Refer to Image Processing for a list of film stock used in this period.