One of my all-time favorite Indian festivals starts next week. It’s especially delightful (better to think “delightful” than “hectic”, no?) that the festival goes on for 10 days during which women and kids get to dress up (after making the men set up the golu), visit friends and relatives, sing songs, catch up on the latest, and eat yummy munchies at every stop. I have vivid recollections (and pictures) of V dressed as Radha, and tomboyish me as topless dhoti-clad Krishna (eeeeek, pl. tell me I was 5 years old or less then!) visiting the golus of friends and relatives. And obligingly singing the latest keerthanais learnt in paatu class. I remember rebelling one day and insisting (while in Krishna costume) that I was going to dance rather than sing at my Mami’s golu (hint, right there, regarding my Bharatanatyam aspirations!). And getting glowering looks from Amma, which I pretended not to notice.
We (ok, N) will set up our golu sunday night. The calendar tracking our invites and inviteds is full for the next ten days. The girls have their paatus ready – easy, since they don’t go to paatu class, they just had to brush up on the couple that they already know. I self-learnt a couple of new songs, specifically with the idea of doing dramatic golu release, but have not been able to shake this hoarse throat condition for the past couple of weeks. My planned debut of “Asaindhaadum mayil ondru” may have to wait till next year after all.
Hope you enjoy a wonderful Navarathri season this year! Will post pictures of my golu next week. Perhaps some of those topless Krishna photos too, if I feel brave. 😉