Women did not dance and sway, and now Mehndi is not made from house to house, modernity has snatched the sense of spirit

Women did not dance and sway, and now Mehndi is not made from house to house, modernity has snatched the sense of spirit

Hamirpur: Even after the start of the month of Sawan in Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh, the tradition of swinging the Sawan swing in rural areas started to die out. Sawan’s songs are no longer heard even in the village chaupals. There is silence in the chaupals of the village and the streets are also deserted.

Not only in the Bundelkhand region but in the rural areas of every India, there was an atmosphere of cheerfulness and cheerfulness around the beginning of the month of Sawan. The elders were absorbed in devotional rasa through Shiva worship, kirtans and bhajans. At the same time, the girls were playing gutta in the streets in front of the house. Mehndi was also a tradition to be done from house to house, but now these traditions have started to die out in village chaupals. Pandit Dinesh Dubey has narrated that a few decades ago, everyday in the month of Sawan, from Hamirpur town to towns and villages, swings were used on the trees. Children and women used to have fun swinging throughout the month, but now most Sawan traditions have disappeared from towns and villages. In some villages, traditions related to the month of Sawan still persist.

The swings fell on the trees from the beginning of the month of Sawan.
From the beginning of the month of Sawan, we made swings on the trees in the streets and the kuchas of the villages. There used to be a fair for boys and girls to swing at, but now the village streets and trees are deserted. Literary writer Dr. Bhawanidin Prajapati said that three decades ago every village celebrated the month of Sawan. Along with children, women also used Sawan swings, but now these traditions are ending with the changing times.

Now gatherings are less decorated to sing Alha
Poet Nathuram Pathik narrated that a few decades ago, from the beginning of the month of Sawan, gatherings were used to chant Alha in the Chaupals of the villages, but now there is silence in the Chaupals. Said that in the dwindling number of singers singing the heroic saga of Alha-Udal amidst the drizzle, now the song of Alha is also less heard. All traditions related to the month of Sawan also disappear over time.

Games and shows related to Sawan are no longer seen in villages
Sarpanch elder and elder Baburam Prakash Tripathi of Kalaulizar village said that children used to dance the bumblebees in the month of Sawan. In each village, the girls played gutta. Along with this, other sports like running, kabaddi, sarra, silor were also part of the tradition but now this game has completely disappeared. Young girls also used to swing from their parents-in-law’s house to their mother’s house in Sawan, but now there is no Sawan celebration in the villages.
Entrance – Pankaj Mishra

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