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  • Writer's pictureRohit Pansare

Ushering in the New year

The Hindu calendar starts with the month of Chaitra, the start of the spring season and in some places the harvesting season. The first day is celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Yugadi in Karnataka and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

In my city of Thane the celebration of Gudi Padwa is in many ways special. This year I finally got a chance to document it.

Drums lined up for the procession

A musician performs on the street

A flag bearer dances in the middle of a ring of smaller drums surrounded by the larger ones

Drummers in action

The drums start with the gong

Drummers in action

People dressed as Maratha warriors, rulers and saints

traditionally dressed musicians

Traditionally dressed women waiting for the music to begin

Ladies dressed in traditional ‘Nauvaris'(Nine yard sarees) dance to tunes old and new

Man with a gong

Dance of the drums

Young flag-bearers

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