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Thank God for Tradition!

Janmashtami, the auspicious day to mark the birth of Krishna, continues to be celebrated with great gusto. If it's Raslila in Northern India, in Maharashtra, one is witness to the exuberent enactment of the Lord's childhood endeavour to steal butter and curd from earthern pots beyond his reach. So young men and children form an human pyramid and try to reach out to the 'matka' or pot suspended high above the ground. Around them people gyrate to the loud music blasting the silence of the night with over 5000 watts of music. Eventually they do manage to break it (or their bones) amidst much cheering.

The most popular Dahi Handi events in the city, organized by Suvarna Yug Mitra Mandal and Hutatma Babu Genu Mitra Mandal are held at the Belbaug Chowk and opposite the Mandai market. Teams from places as far off as Baramati come to compete for the prize money which could go up to Rs 1 lakh. Puneites watch the proceedings in suspended animation. It sure gives them a high.
Storming The Male Bastion!

The guys would have viewed the 'Tamasha' with amused tolerance and probably say the girls had gone potty. Nandalala would have undoubtedly been most supportive and would have loved to potter around the Gopis. On 'Janmashtami' the girls from SNDT College took a shot at the pot, traditionally a male preserve. As the 'Dahi' overflowed, so did their cup of joy. After all, they succeeded in breaking not just the 'Hansdi' but traditional barriers as well.. Way to go, gals!

Thank God for tradition
Storming the
Male Bastion

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