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Uttarayan in Ahmedabad Pol

 

In this Photo Studio, photographer Ashish Mehta of ‘Meet Me at Khadia’, who has been running a time-honoured photo-walk in the walled city of Ahmedabad captures the authentic flavour of Amdavad’s kite festival known as Uttarayan.

Also known as Makar Sankranti in various traditions, Uttarayan festival, is dedicated to the Sun God and marks end of the 6 month period that began with June Solstice. Makar Sankranti, the Indian equivalent of Winter solstice marks the beginning of 6 month long ‘Uttarayan’ period, in which  the northern hemisphere of the planet is tilted towards the Sun. Considered an auspicious time for new beginnings, particularly in agrarian societies, this day is marked with lot of festivity. The festivity is passionately celebrated all across India, but in the city of Ahmedabad, it is specially rejoiced by flying vivid kites using a sharp abrasive string called Manja.

The Heritage city of Ahmedabad is famous for its Uttarayan revelry as people and families gather on the Pol terraces to fly kites with utmost enthusiasm. The festivity is marked with authentic Gujarati dishes including the quintessential dish full of winter vegetables called Undhiyu. This album is a compilation of Mehta’s four years of Uttarayan photography, which was mostly conducted during the evening times of the festival in the Khadia Pol. The senior lensman is using Canon 1100D to capture the saffron hues of the Amdavadi Uttarayan skies.

To be a part of this celebration, you can contact Ashish Mehta as this year he has organised a ‘Uttarayan in Pol‘ event within the walled city of Ahmedabad. Since the happening is meant to be a traditional affair, participants will be given colourful kites, environment friendly manja, lip-smacking indigenous delicacies and of course an original Amdavadi Uttarayan experience curated by Mehta himself.

The captions of the photographs are the different names of Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti in various regions of India, Nepal and Pakistan.


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લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

જનનીના હૈયામાં પોઢંતા પોઢંતા પીધો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ પીધો કસુંબીનો રંગ

ધોળાં ધાવણ કેરી ધારાએ ધારાએ પામ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

બહેનીના કંઠે નીતરતાં હાલરડાંમાં ઘોળ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ ઘોળ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

ભીષણ રાત્રિ કેરા પહાડોની ત્રાડોએ ચોળ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

દુનિયાના વીરોનાં લીલા બલિદાનોમાં ભભક્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ ભભક્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

સાગરની પારે સ્વાધીનતાની કબરોમાં મહેક્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

ભક્તોના તંબૂરથી ટપકેલો મસ્તીભર ચાખ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ ચાખ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

એવી વ્હાલી દિલદારાના પગની મેંદી પરથી ચૂમ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

નવલી દુનિયા કેરાં સ્વપ્નોમાં કવિઓએ ગાયો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ ગાયો કસુંબીનો રંગ

મુક્તિને ક્યારે નિજ રક્તો રેડણહારે પાયો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

પીડિતની આંસુડા ધારે હાહાકારે રેલ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ રેલ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

શહીદોના ધગધગતા નિઃશ્વાસે નિઃશ્વાસે સળગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

ધરતીનાં ભૂખ્યાં કંગાલોને ગાલે છલકાયો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ છલકાયો કસુંબીનો રંગ

એવા બિસ્મિલ બેટાઓની માતાને ભાલે કાંઈ મલક્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

ઘોળી ઘોળી પ્યાલા ભરિયા રંગીલાં હો પીજો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ પીજો કસુંબીનો રંગ

એવા દોરંગા દેખીને ડરિયાં ટેકીલાં હો લેજો કસુંબીનો રંગ

હો રાજ મને લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

લાગ્યો કસુંબીનો રંગ

 

~ ઝવેરચંદ મેઘાણી

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