Eco-friendly Ganesha Idol making workshop @LikeArt Gallery

Thanks to Rashmi Tapadia of “LikeArt gallery”for inviting the “Rotary inspira” members for the workshop. Being a member I could join the gang for a creative evening in a beautifully located Art gallery.

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Rashmi’s art gallery is located on Baner-Pashan link road and is surrounded by hills. She has been hosting these workshops for years now with Mr. Thakkar.

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Mr. Dilip Thakkar is an advocate by profession and a pottery artist by passion. He has given up his professional career and is now following his passion full time.Making Ganesh idol from eco-friendly clay is one of his favorite and that is what he is known for. He is known for his simplicity.

He uses very simple and easily available tools for his work like a pen, pencil and pointer for features. Extremely modest Mr. Thakkar said he has learnt pottery by himself.

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While making the Ganesh idol he explained that the clay used in market for making eco-friendly is not productive, as in it dissolve but nothing can be grown on the same.

The clay he uses is productive. If used in pots, seeds can germinate through the same.

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The way he makes the idol seems to be very easy and for a moment we think “yes we can do it”. But I bet it is not that easy. It needs skill and experience to create that artifact.

Consistency of the clay, right amount of water and correct temperature for drying the idol are factors of prime importance.IMG_0244Overall it was a fantastic learning experience with a bunch of beautiful and enthusiastic inspiras and the modest Mr. Thakkar.

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May God Ganesh bless him and we have more and more people using the eco-friendly Ganesh.

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Incase anybody wishes to attend this workshop and learn there is one more planned. Following are the details:

12th September 2015, 3-6  PM @LetArtGallery, 301, 18 high street,Baner-Pashan link road, Baner, Pune.

 

 

“विसर्ग” -Abandonment

P.S: ह्या घटनेतील सर्व पात्र काल्पनिक आहेत!!

मानसी: मला विशाखाला भेटायचं आहे!! एकदा तरी भेटू द्या. गेले १५ दिवस झाले मी रोज इथे येतीये. आणि तुम्ही रोज मला सांगता “कि त्यांना कोणाला हि नाही भेटायचं”

हवालदार: अहो ताई मी सांगितलं त्यांना.. पूण त्या कोणालाबी भेटायला तयार नाहीयेत.
मानसी: ठीक आहे त्यांना एक निरोप द्याल का?
हवालदार: बरं ..अस कर ताई एका कागदावर लिहून दे तुझा निरोप.
मानसी ने लगेच पर्स मध्ये हात घातला आणि एका फोटो च्या मागे तिचा निरोप लिहिला..
मानसी: हे घ्या
हवलदार: ठीक आहे देतो. आज ची भेटायची वेळ संपली आहे उद्या ये ताई
मानसी: बरं.. तेवढ नक्की द्या

हवालदार काकाने स्वतः च्या खिशात हात घातला आणि तंबाकू ची डब्बी काढली आणि फोटो जवळच्या स्टूल वर ठेवला. तंबाकू चोळत असताना त्याने फोटो कडे नीट निरखून बघितले. त्यात त्यांना
विशाखा आणि आणखी एक बाई दिसली. ती बाई साधारण दिसत होती. तेवढ्या तिकडे त्या कारागृह चे मुख्य संचालक आले..काय चाललंय कदम ? कोण होती ती मुलगी आणि काय देऊन गेली तुम्हाला ?
“काय बी ना काय बी ना” म्हणत हवालदाराने पटकन फोटो खिशात घातला आणि सलाम साहेब म्हणून तिकडून पळ काढला!

हवालदार: येडं लागणार मला ह्या बायां पायी!! जाऊदे ती पोर माया राणी एवढी होती. तिच्या खातर मी हा फोटो त्या बाईला देतो.
विशाखाला त्या कारागृहात येऊन एकच वर्ष झाले होते. ह्या पूर्वी ती दुसऱ्या कारागृहात जवळ 7-8 वर्ष होती. नुकतेच तिला तिथून हलवले होते. तिने तिथे असताना अनंत वेळा स्वतः ला मरून टाकायचा प्रयत्न केला होता.
हवालदार: ओ मॅडम ती मानसी परत आली होती आज. तुम्हाला काहीतरी देऊन गेली. इकडे ठेवतो बघा वेळ मिळेल तेव्हा बघा !!
विशाखाला बांधून ठेवले होते ..साखळ्यानें. थोडेसे पुढे येऊन विशाखाने त्या फोटो कडे बघितले. तिचा आणि संगीता चा फोटो होता तो ! तो फोटो बघून ती चिडली आणि तिने पुन्हा आरडा ओरडा चालू केला !! थोड्या वेळाने आपोआपच शांत झाली आणि फोटो उलटून बघितला!!

“तुम्ही माझी बाजू कधी ऐकली नाही ताई उगाच डोक्यात राग घालून घेतला आहे. अहो आता तरी ऐका
— संगीता”

हे कसं शक्य आहे? संगीताला मरून वर्षे उलटली. मग हे कोणी लिहिल आहे कोण हि मानसी?

मानसी: हवालदार काका आज तरी भेटू शकते का मी त्यांना?
हवालदार: थांब हा पोरी मी त्या मॅडम ला विचारून येतो ..
मानसी: थँक यु …
हवालदार: इथे बस पोरी, मी त्यांना घेऊन येतो ..जर त्या हो म्हणाल्या तर !

हवालदार कदम थोडेसे घाबरत विशाखा च्या सेल कडे जाऊ लागले.
विशाखा हि मोठ्या घरातील होती. तिचे वडील मुंबईतले एक नामांकित बिल्डर होते आणि आई एक समाज सेविका . विशाखा त्यांची एकुलती-एक मुलगी होय. त्यामुळे तिला ‘नाही’ हा शब्द माहित नव्हता. म्हणेल ते, म्हणले तेव्हा आणि म्हणेल तस तिला मिळायचा. पैश्यांची कमी नाही. म्हणूनच आई वडिलांना तिच लग्न तिला हव त्या मुलाशी लावून दिले होते. त्याची थोडी सुद्धा विचार पूस केली नाही.
तिच्या लग्नातच आई -वडिलाने सगळी इस्टेट तिच्या नवी केली. लग्नना नंतरच्या काही महिन्यातच विशाखाच तिच्या नवऱ्या सोबत पटेनास झाला. आई-वडिलांशी मात्र अजित (विशाखाचा नवरा ) चांगला वागत असे. आपल्या आई वडिलाने आपल्या साठी बरच काही केल आहे म्हणून विशाखा त्यांना तिच्या सोबत अजितच वागणे सांगत नसे. प्रेमव विवाह जरी असला तरी त्यात प्रेमच नव्हत.. मानसिक नाही आणि अर्थातात शाररिक सुद्धा नाही.
“तुझा प्रॉब्लेम काय आहे अजित ? तू एवढा कसा बदलू शकतो अरे? कदाचित तू ह्या पूर्वी हि असाच होता आणि माज्याशी प्रेमाच नाटक केलस. लग्न करण्यासाठी. माज्या वडिलांच्या इस्टेटी कडे बघून बहुदा”. “तस समज विशाखा, मला तुज्यात तीळ मात्रचा हि रस नाही” अस म्हणून बरेचदा अजित घरातून निघून जात असे. लग्नना ला ८ वर्षे उलटून गेली होती तरी त्यांना मूल झाले नाही.
आई-वडील त्यांच्या स्वतः च्या आयुष्यात गुंतले होते त्यामुळे त्यांनी हि कधी तिला विचारले नाही. सगळी बँक अकाउंट्स, लॉकर्स आणि व्यवहार विशाखा बघत असे, त्यामुळे बऱ्याच वेळा अजित पैशानं साठी तिला त्रास देत असे. खूप वेळा तिला वाटलं सुद्धा कि आपण आई-बाबाना सगळं सांगूयात. पण फायदा काय? त्यांना वाटेल मी खोट बोलतीय कारण त्यानच्या नुसार अजित तर अगदी देवा सारखा आहे. बऱ्याच वेळा तिला आपण स्वतःला संपवून टाकू असे हि वाटले. ते हि करायला तिला हिम्मत नव्हती, तेव्हा तिने आई च्या कामात मदत करूयात असे ठरवले.
विशाखाची आई हि सतत घरा बाहेर असायची ज्यामुळे विशाखाला तस बघायला गेले तर आईचे प्रेम मिळाले नव्हते. वडील हि सतत बाहेर असल्या कारणाने, आई सकाळी समाज सेवा आणि रात्री घरी पार्ट्या करीत असे. त्यामुळे तिची पहिल्यांदा काळजी करणारा आणि तिच्या कडे लक्ष देणारा फक्त अजितच मिळाला. अजित हा तिच्या वडिलांच्या मित्राचा मुलगा.
लग्न होण्या अगोदर हि विशाखा आई सोबत त्यांच्या बंगल्या मागे असलेल्या वसाहतीत जात असे. तिकडे तिची आई तेथील बायकांना आणि मुलींना शिकवत असे. विशाखा ने ठरवले कि आपण पुन्हा आई सोबत ह्या सगळ्या गोष्टीं मध्ये लक्ष घालू यात, म्हणजे मन हि रमेल आणि काही चांगल काम हि होईल
त्याच कामात तिने स्वतः ला झोकून दिले आणि तिची प्रचिती वाढू लागली. ती खूप निष्टेने काम करू लागली त्यामुळेच तिला बरीच पारितोषिके हि मिळाली …अगदी सरकारकडून हि. बऱ्याच वेळा काही स्टेशन मधील काम असायचे तेव्हा हवालदार कदम तिला मदत करायचे आणि म्हणूनच जेव्हा मानसी ने तिचा आणि संगीताचा फोटो दाखवला तेव्हा त्यांना तिला मदत करावीशी वाटली
हवालदार: विशाखा मॅडम . अहो विशाखा मॅडम ती मानसी आली आहे . आज भेटणारका तिला ?
विशाखा : हो मामा. तिला संगीता माहित आहे.. मला बोलायचं आहे तिच्याशी .
हवालदार: ठीक आहे..चला

मानसी: आज तरी भेटू शकते का मी त्यांना?
हवालदार: मी काल विचारला त्यांना, त्या तयार आहेत तुम्हाला भेटायला. मी त्यांना घेऊन येतो तोपर्यंत तुम्ही इकडे ऑफिस मध्ये बसा.
हवालदार कदम विशाखा च्या सेल कडे गेले आणि तिला सांगितले कि मानसी आली आहे. तुम्ही भेटणार का अस विचारताच, ती तयार झाली. मामाने सेल चा दरवाजा उघडला आणि तिच्या साखळ्या हि काढल्या. ती त्यांच्या सोबत ऑफिस च्या दिशेने चालू लागली. चालताना मनात गोंधळ उडाला होता नुसता.

“कोण असेल हि मानसी ? का आली आहे मला भेटायला? संगीता ला कशी ओळखते. किती जीव लावला मी संगीता ला आणि तिने तेच केल जे त्या परिस्थितून आलेल्या मुली करतात. किळस येते ती रात्र आठवली कि. स्वतःची मुलगी म्हणून दत्तक घेतल, चांगल्या शाळेत घातला, शिकवलं, घालायला चांगले कपडे आणि फिरवायला चांगल्या गाड्या दिल्या. किती मज्जा केली आम्ही दोघींने. जगायचं हुरूप आला होता तिच्या मुळे. सगळ्या ला जणू नजर लागली. असो” अस स्वतःच्या विचारात असताना, विशाखा ला ऑफिस मध्ये एक 22-२३ वर्षाची मुलगी दिसली. बारीकशी होती आणि हातात एक प्लास्टिक ची पिशवी होती. तिच्या खांद्यावर हात ठेवून “मी विशाखा , तू कोण आणि संगीता ला कशी ओळखते ?

“ताई मी मानसी, मी आणि संगीता एकत्र वाढलो. मी ओळखते तुम्हाला, तुम्ही आमच्या वसाहतीत यायच्या आम्हाला शिकवायला. पण तुम्ही नाही ओळखणार मला. तुम्ही संगीता ला दत्तक घेतला आणि तिचा आयुष्य बद्दल. खूप आनंदात होती. सगळं सांगायची ती मला जेवहा मला भेटायला यायची. किती तरी गोष्टी आणायची, पुस्तक, वह्या, कपडे आणि एकदा तर फोन घेऊन आली माज्या साठी केव्हा हि बोलता येईल म्हणून. किती आदर होता तिला तुमच्या बद्दल. मी ना मोठी झाले कि विशाखा आई सारखी होणार” अस मानसी सांगत असताना विशाखाला स्वतः चे अश्रू अनावर झाले होते. “पण तिने मला कधी तुझ्या बद्दल नाही सांगितले” असं विशाखा ने मानसी ला विचारला. “घाबरायची ती, तुम्हाला आवडेल कि नाही वसाहतीत ली मैत्रीण म्हणून. ज्या दिवशी ती गेली त्या रात्री काय झाला हे तुम्हाला माहिती आहे आणि मला hi, पण त्या संध्याकाळी काय झाला हे फक्त मलाच माहिती आहे” असे मानसी ने सांगितले.

काय माहित नाही मला मानसी आणि काय सांगायचं आहे तिला मला? आणि कसा सांगणार ती मला ?
त्या रात्री मी तिला माज्याच गाडीने उडवून टाकल. हे सगळं जगाला माहिती आहे, मग संगीता कशी सांगणार मला अस जोरात ओरडत विशाखाने मानसीला विचारले.
मानसी त्या ऑफिस मधल्या कोपऱ्यातल्या खुर्ची कडे बघत म्हणाली, ती इथेच आहे …

निरव शांतत पसरली होती, त्या एका क्षणा साठी. विश्वास बसू नये असच झाल होते काही तरी.
“तू खोट बोलतीयेस मानसी, मला नाही वाटत अस काही असेल. तुला नक्की काय हव आहे माज्या कडून?” अस विशाखा मानसीला त्या खुर्ची कडे बघून म्हणाली.

“ठीक आहे, जे संगीताला इतक्या वर्षां पासून सांगायचं आहे ते ऐका आणि विश्वास असेल थोडासा माज्या मैत्रिणी वर तर ऐका नाहीतर जाऊद्या “. विशाखा त्या खुर्ची कडे बघतच होती. “हो आहे विश्वास आहे, सांग मला काय झाला ते”

“त्या दिवशी तुम्ही घरी येण्या अगोदर , संगीताने तुमच्या वाढदिवसाची पूर्ण तयारी केली होती. तिने तुमच्या आई-वडीलां हि फोन करून बोलावून घेतले होते. तीला घर डेकॉरटे करायला मी केली होती तिची मदत. केक ऑर्डर केला होता. अजित दादाना हि सांगितले होते. कधी नव्हे ते अजित दादा त्या दिवशी लवकर आले. मी तिथेच होते. “हि कोण आणि हि इथे काय करते?”, त्यावर संगीता ने त्यांना सांगितले कि “हि माझी मैत्रीण आहे आणि आज विशाखा आई चा बर्थडे आहे म्हणून इथे आली आहे माज्या मदतीला”
अजित दादा प्याले होते आणि ते काय बोलत होते आणि काय वागत होते ह्याची त्यांना शुद्ध नव्हती. त्याने
मला थोबाडीत मारले आणि चालती हो इथून असे सांगितले. मी रडत रडत घरातून बाहेर पडले. संगीता माज्या मागे आली होती, पण दादाने तिला घरात ओढून घेतले. त्या नंतर त्याने तिच्या सोबत ते केले जे कुठली हि 15 वर्षाची मुलगी स्वतः च्या बाबा, दादा, काका, किंवा मामा कडून अपेक्षा करणार नाही.
तुम्ही आणलेले नवीन कपडे घातले होते तिने, जे त्याने फाडले.. आणि तिच्या कोवळ्या शरीराला अमाप जखमा देत… तेच केल जे कदाचित त्याने स्वतःच्या मुली सोबत केले नसते. आणि हे सगळे सुरु असताना तुम्ही आलात …”नको ना बाबा, नको ना बाबा प्लीज जाऊदे ना बाबा ” हे तुम्ही ऐकलंत..
तुम्ही रूम मध्ये आलात आणि दादानं थोडी शुद्ध आली. कधी हि अजित दादानं वर विश्वास न ठेवणाऱ्या तुम्ही “बघ मी तुला सांगत होतो ना नको दत्तक घेऊ हिला , बघ हि मला काय करायला सांगत होती” अश्या एका खोट्या वाक्य वर विश्वास ठेवलात.

त्या वेळी तिला उराशी लावण्या ऐवजी, तुम्ही तिला थोबाडीत मारले आणि घरा बाहेर काढलेत. घरातून बाहेर पडल्यावर, संगीता ने मला फोन केला. मी तिला बस स्टॉप वर भेटणार होते. तिथे पोहचे पर्यंत, तिला गाडी ने उडविले होते आणि पोलीस तुम्हाला घेऊन चालले होते. मी तुम्हाला खूप आवाज दिला पण तुम्ही ऐकलं नाहीत. सगळे लोक गेल्या नंतर बऱ्याच वेळ संगीताचा जिथे अपघात झाला तिथे बसून राहिले. “का सोडून गेलीस मला ”

to be continued …
#mystery #abandonment

Chaitra Gauri Haldi kunku

Chaitra embarks beginning of new year for Maharashtrians.  “Gudi Padwa/Ugadi/Baisakhi” are celebrated in this month.

Nature renews itself in this month. We will see new leafs sprouting in this month, some trees are already covered with light green color leafs. This is also the season of mangoes, oranges, grapes, water and musk melon.

In Maharashtrian  Brahmins they have a tradition of celebrating “chaitra-gauri haldi kunku”. Traditionally, married women would invite all the other married women in the neighborhood for celebrating chaitra together. In this celebration, they would pamper their friends with Jasmine(Mogra) gajras, they would make “Kairi panhe(raw mango mixed with jaggery to make a cold drink) and serve with “dal-kairi”. Dal-kairi is made of raw mangoes with harbara dal.  This to me seems like an networking technique.  Serve what is available in that season and locally.

I love to celebrate anything and everything that takes me back to roots. And for last two years I have been celebrating this.  This also gives me an opportunity  to revamp my connections in today’s so called busy life.

There is a ritual associated with this, wherein Lordess Annapurna and the Kuldevi is work shipped.  They would decorate the swing with Jasmine and make the Lordess sit in it.

Different people use different themes every year. And I am one of them.  I too made use of lot of flowers and raw mangoes for my celebrations.  Chat is all time favorite and good to have in Summers which is why I thought of having it in my menu.

Everybody is very talented, hence these are the events where I promote my amazingly talented friends.  My youngest friend @veda playing Violin.

My beautiful friend @kalpana performing some part of Geet-Ramayan.

The dress code was “anything in green”

I thought of adding my Chaitra Gauri-2019 here itself. This years theme was “Gajj-gamini” and the dress code was “anything in yellow”

Gajj-gamini meaning Lordess sitting on Elephant.

 

It was so good to see all my friends dressed up “yellow”

With so much heat outside, I decided to have “barf-gola” in my menu.

Here is the link to the  invite that I used for this program. I hope you enjoyed reading.. Any feedback is appreciated.

 

 

Invitation for “Chaitra Gauri Haldi Kunku”

Whenever we think of celebrating something with our near and dear ones, we spend lot of time on arrangements. We rarely emphasize on the invite that we send. I personally believe that invitation is an first impression of the event you plan to organize and equal attention should be paid to the same. It should not be a template. I insist you take help from people who are good at words.

Make it more personal and as clear as possible. Lot of people appreciate me for the creative invites I use. Here is me sharing the best of the invitations i have wrote for “Chaitra Gauri” haldi kunku.

Here is the one in Marathi which I used in 2018:

 

 

I generally send reminders after sending invitations.. that helps.

Here is the one for Chaitra Gauri 2019.

Please feel free to copy/use the content and give credit whenever possible.

Colourful food on holi at “Sante spa cuisine”

Recently I have been taught to apply The 5W theory . Don’T ask me who, why and what. Every time I think, I find myself doing this 5W. Festivals are not excluded from this process. So why Holi or festival of color? Why color in the first place?
Why celebrate with others? Can I celebrate colors everyday?  Why not? Too many ‘W’s!!

It is not essential to apply that 5W/logic/algorithms everywhere. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. So WHEN friends come knocking your door to celebrate colors, then it is best to open the door and just enjoy!!

WHAT happens when few of them are interested
In doing something more interesting and
share the same liking?

Then we discovered something called as
“Sante Spa Cuisine”:

After playing with colors, we thought of adding more colors
In life by having something We don’t have everyday!! Something that meets the requirement of Healthy food and completely desi.

Sante spa cuisine is located just next to the Osho Ashram in koregaon park, Pune.  The restaurant is part of a resort which is specially built to cater the needs of health freaks.  The menu is intrinsically designed and it will take couple of hours to figure out the best in it for you. So we opted the easy way out of asking for recommendations from the staff.

Everybody somehow unanimously decided to have roasted tomato and garlic soup.

Out of the appetizers  we ordered the most liked was something similar to nachos but this was made from Indian Khakra. The sauce served was fresh and as yummy as it would have been.

Roasted sweet potatoes. Yet another amazing appetizer. I can’t imagine eating sweet potatoes. If one looks at all the presentations, then they will realize that it is not jazzy at all. Extremely simple and organic as much as possible. Earthy i must say!!

The next was lettuce cups. It had salsa made from raw-mango, pineapple, red and yellow bell-peppers served with green-mint chutney.

Since we had kids with us, macaroni with cheese was  an inevitable part of our order. Simply simple and delicious.

Sushi… one of my friend is crazy about them. Trust me Sante Spa serves one of the best sushis made from local rice.

Everything made here is Indian. All the ingredients used are Indian. No facade of spices and unnecessary  use of Onion/Garlic/Ginger.

The staff is extremely courteous and very friendly. They were very proud to share and recommend the items on the menu. We kept on requesting them to allow us to meet the chef who has made such amazing food. They informed us that the food is designed by “Shailendra Kekade” and other chefs execute it.

Sante Spa Cuisine is an must visit for all the foodies who believe in simple and healthy delicious food. Please don’t go if you are use to eating red hot spice curries with lot of ginger/garlic pastes in it.. please go if you want to feel every ingredient used in it.

Santè Spa Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Santè Spa Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

An interview with “Sharvari Kalantre” of “yogsakhi” group-Dombivali-Mangala Gauriche khel

As I am getting to know more groups performing “Mangala gauriche  khel”,  my excitement level is increasing and I am feeling extremely proud of the fact that we all are really fortunate to still witness such power houses.

People who value our tradition and are trying their level best to retain the same.  I am quite sure that it must be challenging and all the more challenging if they have to retain it in an Metro city like Mumbai. In my search of groups, I happened to meet(virtually) “Sharvari Kalantre” who is part of a socially active group called as “Yog sakhi”. It is a group of 80-100 members who come together to have fun and do more of social activities.  As part of one of their social activities they perform “Managala Gauriche Khel“. Yog-sakhi was started by Rohini Pendharkar and Saroj Kalantre.

“Yog Sakhi” is their brain child. It is out of their efforts, energy and idea Yogsakhi came up with a group for “Mangala gaur”.

So how come an convent educated Mumbai ki ladki landed up in a group inclined to older customs and traditions?

“I completed  my primary education from “St Sebastian High School” located in Chembur and graduation in “Home Science” from Nirmala Niketan.  I am a Dietician by profession. I wanted to give my kids complete attention in their pre-formative years and hence i took a sabatical. During that phase, my Kaku-in-law (Mrs. Saroj Kalantre ) introduced me to “YogSakhi”. That is when i hit the floor”.

On asking about practices, she told me that they practice from 2-4 PM as that is the empty slot for all of them. Also, most of ladies in their group are entrepreneurs hence they can  manage. They start practicing a month before Shravan.

They are very particular about what they are wearing as they definitely want to put their best foot forward. “We wear  stuff that will go with the theme and is relevant”.

They perform at Dohale Jevan, barsa, and Women’s day events . For every performance the scripts are written by Saroj Kalantre . They modify it based on where it has to be performed.

Do you like performing in competitions, any good or bad experience?

“Sharvari says, Yogsakhi has performed in various competitions and have won many of them. The most remembered one was organised by Zee. We are fortunate that we always had good coverage and experiences”

I really admire the spirit of the ladies from “Yog-sakhi”, as doing all these activities with daily chores is an effort.  I respect them as they are helping the needy out of this income.

“We all do these programs purely for retaining our cultural values and part of the amount that we earn by performing these games goes for helping out the needy. We donate the money to pay school fees, or distribute books among st the needy kids. Our profit is “FUN” and “satisfaction “that we get after performing at various functions” says Sharvari.

Festivals and more respects and wishes all the good luck to Sharvari’s Yog-sakhi.

Here is the small video of their performance.

 

 

An interview with Sucheta Adkar of Indrani group-Mangala Gauriche Khel

Mangala Gauriche khel are played as part of a Maharashtrian Brahmin tradition for the newlyweds. These games are becoming very popular due to availability of various groups in various cities of the state.


 These groups are available at various cost based on the credibility and content of the program. I met many groups and they have wiped out all my biases. Out of the many such groups, one of the recent ones is “Indrani”. The composition of the group is interesting as it consists of women from various age groups, some are home-makers and some working women lead by “Sucheta Adkar”.

Sucheta is an engineer by degree and an Entrepreneur by profession. She runs a media and events company with her spouse. Extremely stylish and honest, she is a  graduate in kathak dance too.

How come an Engineer became such an active member of “Indrani” or rather how did she join Indrani was my question to her after the introduction session?
“As a Child, I was born and brought up in Chinchwad. We use to have lot of festivals celebrated in the morya mandir. Lot of Mangala gauri khel use to be played and lot of Jagrans also used to happen unlike the programs that happen today. I use to go to these Jagrans and enjoyed the food served. In that process I learnt few. After my marriage, I joint few classes and learnt them to gain more experience” says Sucheta.

They are 12 members group only, and have been running the same for 7-8 years now. Not everybody in the group is a home maker, In fact it is my pleasure to introduce you to her group members briefly. I am extremely proud of the fact, that the members in the group have their own responsibilities at home, and work front yet they dedicated so much of their time to retain our culture.

Indrani has performed around 450 programs in various cities of Maharashtra and they have performed in Goa too. They have performed in non-Maharashtrian functions as well.

How about the presentation part for the group?

“At Indrani, we all are well to do, and being part of this group is passion for us. We put all our efforts in making our presentation glamourous retaining the authencity of the games. Everybody is enthusiast and has multiple costumes with Jewellery” adds Sucheta.

About the program design and content, they modified it based on the function in which they perform.
Infact she told me that they could combine “Yoga” with the mangala Gauriche khel for one of their celebrations on the “International Yoga day’. The concept was very well appreciated

As few of the members are dancers, they also had performed in a program showcasing various dance forms of Maharashtra called “Gandha Maticha” .

“We are very happy, and fortunate to be doing this for the community as it is taking something from the older generations and passing it to the newer one” says Sucheta

Festivals and more wishes all the best to all these gorgeous ladies and May God bless them.
Incase you want to get intouch with Sucheta’s group please write to me at  sdimber@gmail.com.  Also, If you know of any group who has been performing “mangala Gauriche khel” and would like to appreciate them, then please ping me.

Snippet of Interview :

 

 

 

 

An Interview with “kanchan Mule” of Swanandi Group-Mangala Gauriche Khel

With an excellent response for my earlier blog on “mangala Gauriche khel“,  I was inspired to write more about those working in that area.

Couple of my next blogs will see exclusive interviews with those who have worked relentlessly and taken our culture to a level which they themselves never thought of.

Today, I got an opportunity to meet someone who inspired me in her own way. She is the one who started the group called “Swanandi” who performs mangala gauriche khel and has been managing the same for 25+ years.

Kanchan(Mausami) Mule is 64 years now, and when I saw her I  was amazed.

Kanchan Kaku as I call her fondly, is born and brought up in Pune. She completed her schooling from “Gopal high school” and graduation in B.A(Marathi) from Sir Purshottam College (SP college).

She inherited music from her father “Bal Mate” and was very active in sports since her childhood. “I just can’t sit at one place and need to do  something or other” says Kanchan Kaku while serving me the tea.

When I asked her “where did you learn Mangala Gauriche Khel from”? She smiled and said that she used to participate  in every Mangala Gaur program that used to happen in neighborhood and simply absorb by observing. There is no Guru as such or one person to whom she can give the credit to.

In today’s date Swanandi has already performed 661 programs at various occasions like Dohale Jevan, Mehendi, Barsa and other political gatherings including the Shravani Tuesdays and hopes to complete 700 shows in this season.

They have traveled all cities in Maharashtra and have also showcased their talent in Goa and Rajasthan. “If the host is willing to pay for our Travel and accommodation” we can travel anywhere.

Swanandi does not like time limits imposed on them while performing, as that is unfair to every person in the group. They have a pre-decided sequence and any change in time allotment disturbs their entire performance. However, performing for so many years have helped them learn the way to overcome any challenges they come across.

Having performed with Smita Talwalkar and Madhu Kambikarji, Kanchan Kaku feels herself as fortunate and blessed.

She has about 40 ladies of different age group, financial background, and profession performing with her. She has shared her skill with almost 2000+ ladies so far and is well connected with most of them.

Some of them join for fun, some with the thought to retain our culture and some for source of income is what she mentioned. They practice throughout the year and now each person in the group is a pro.

“We don’t perform for money, but we do need it to manage our costumes and other logistics though. Swanandi has got immense respect, love and success which is more important than the remuneration paid to us” says she.

She writes her own scripts for compering, designs the games per program requirement and sometimes on the spot, choreograph the sequence and make sure program is catchy. She does this while managing her own household and understanding every team members problems/aspirations.

While we were talking, I looked around and found her beautiful picture in Navari saree and was amazed as she had done modelling for “Swamini-shop”.

I asked her if I could get a softcopy. She did not have one as it was taken sometime back when digital world did not exist. I used my phone and created a soft copy. I could see her blushing when I told her that I will whatsapp her the image

It is so difficult to find out such dynamos who believe in growing and doing something for our culture. Who have the vision to take it to every door if they could and we at festivals and more salute such power houses…

Kanchan Kaku may “Swanandi” achieve all the heights it can!!!

 
Snippet of the Interview:

Also, it can be found at

The OVEN STORY-Your pizza Your story

Ovenstory Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Few days back I received a call from Oven story, about their free sample tasting of Pizza.

Vikram, told me that their pizzas are different then the renowned ones as they vary the cheese with the toppings.. something that does not happen in General.

It appeared interesting and I felt that I should try it!!

They delivered it on the day I
Wanted and that too at a short notice.. the delivery was on time and the pizza was served hot..

We were also given a free sample
Of a dessert with one
Side.

The Packaging was good!!
I had opted for Chicken
Kheema and sausages with chipotle sauce..
It was thin crust and delicious pizza!! As mentioned the
Chipotle sauce was felt..

We were also served with
A corn and olive bruschetta which my 3 year old son liked a lot

I did not get to taste the
Dessert as that too was finished in a moment by my son, which certainly means that it was good

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Top 5 Festivals of Nagaland-By Rohit Agarwal


Hornbill, Photo(https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hornbill_Festival,_Pix_by_Vikramjit_Kakati.jpg)by Vikramjit Kakati, CC BY-SA 4.0(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)

Also, famous as the land of Festivals, Nagaland celebrates a lot of festivals mainly associated with agriculture. There are many tribes in Nagaland who worship the deities, sing songs and dance as a way to enjoy these festivals. Around 60% of the people of Nagaland(http://www.transindiatravels.com/nagaland/tourist-places-to-visit-in-nagaland/) are involved in Agriculture, so it is considered important for them to be a part of these festivals and celebrate them with utter delight. Here are the top 5 Festivals of Nagaland.

1. Hornbill
One of the biggest festivals of Nagaland, Hornbill, is a colourful fiesta. It is celebrated every year in the first week of December in the capital of Nagaland, Kohima(http://www.transindiatravels.com/nagaland/kohima/tourist-places-to-visit-in-kohima/). Tourists can understand the culture of Nagaland closely by witnessing the traditions, customs, folk songs and food. It is a fun-filled festival with exhibition of food, art, fashion shows and medicines on the offer. Various sports like wrestling and archery are also played during this festival. Many local as well as international rock bands perform during this festival. Nagaland is a state with a different culture and tradition, and this festival offers good exposure to the people of other states who want to understand the customs of Nagaland.

2. Sekrenyi
Also, known as Phousanyi, the Sekrenyi festival is celebrated by the Angami Nagas from the 25th day of the Angami calender. As a way to repent for the sins, this festival is observed as a ‘sanctification’ festival. The main aim of celebrating this festival is to purify the body and soul. It also marks the coming of age of the Angami Nagas. It is a 10-days festival in which a different ritual is followed each day. Palatable feast is on the offer while people gather to sing, dance and make merry. It marks the beginning of their New Year.

3. Tuluni
The festival of Tuluni is celebrated by the Sumi Naga Tribe. It is celebrated in the most abundant season of the year which is usually the second week of July. People gather to pray to the deity of Litsaba who is responsible for the fruitfulness of the crops. Prayers are made for the protection of the crops. This festival is also significant for the young couples. They exchange gifts and engaged couples often visit each other’s house. Many people choose to marry during this festival. Folk songs and dances are performed to enjoy the festival and delectable feast is offered.

4. Nazu
Nazu is celebrated in February in the Phek district of Nagaland. The Pochuri tribe celebrates this fun-filled festival before the sowing of the seeds. Folk songs and dances are performed by the people, as they indulge in sheer entertainment. This festival is observed for 10 days. An infamous form of dance called Khupielilie is performed by the tribesmen. This festival is not packed with a lot of rituals and is really easy-going, as the main focus of the festival is to have fun. The dances and songs make it a really captivating festival for even the outsiders due to the melodious beats and coordinated dances.

5. Yemshe
The cultural festival of Yemshe is celebrated with great joy in the first week of October every year. This festival is significant to the Pochuri tribe. Every member of the tribe prays for a fruitful harvest. Once the village spokesman declares the date of the festival, lots of arrangements are made by the people for celebrating this festival. Every corner of the village is cleaned and then rituals of the festival are performed. It is also considered auspicious to get married during this festival. People indulge in a grand feast and drink wine while continuing to enjoy the festival with fun and frolic.

It’s always an enlightening experience to encounter the festivals and traditions of a different state. Nagaland is a beautiful state, but it is not explored by the tourists much. If you want to witness the vast variety of cultures and traditions being followed in our country, then you must visit Nagaland and become a part of these exuberant festivals.

Author Bio:
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Rohit is an ardent traveller and a hippie by heart. He enjoys venturing into unexplored territories and writing about his experiences. He writes for Trans India Travels(http://www.transindiatravels.com/)
This is the first ever guest artical on festivalsandmore and I definitely would like to have more.

Incase you wish to write about festivals/celebrations, please email me on sdimber@gmail.com

Some fun with #खण!!!

 I always prefer local fabric and food!!  I have been in love with  खण(khan)!! 

 The fabric is mostly used for stitching blouse on top of a navar(9 yards) saree!!! However, with changing trends the use is not restricted to just that!!!! 

While designing cushion covers we thought of using multiple colored bright pieces!!

The results were more than what we expected… making the corner simply #rustic and beautiful 
#design&decor
 

Celebrate life as if you are creating a Art!!

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