Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday, one of the most popular festivals of Mumbai, a community celebration where several group of youngsters form human pyramid to try and break an earthen pot full of curd, called as ‘dahi-handi’ in local language. I visited such a celebration in Thane, a city in Maharashtra, India, a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. And experienced to be a part of this celebration, though as a passive observer, the cheerfulness among the people around enthralled me and I captured some of the ecstatic moments during the initial phase of the festivity.
On Sunday 6th September 2015:
During the early part of the celebration different groups, referred as ‘mandals’ in local language, try to successfully form human pyramid to the maximum possible layers.
I had the opportunity to watch a performance of the Marathi folk dance called ‘Lavani’, which further enhanced lively moments into the pulsating air.
Watching these groups jig in enjoyment to every beat of popular Bollywood movie songs is worth a watch.
This group were on their way back to another Janmashtami celebration in the city.
If you see the above picture carefully, this youngster who is awkwardly walking backwards was funnily trying to imitate my walk … Damn you!