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.

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Drums lined up for the procession

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A musician performs on the street

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

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Drummers in action

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The drums start with the gong

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Drummers in action

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People dressed as Maratha warriors, rulers and saints

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traditionally dressed musicians

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Traditionally dressed women waiting for the music to begin

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

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Man with a gong

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Dance of the drums

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Young flag-bearers

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