‘What are they carrying?’ was my
obvious question to the taxi driver.
He smiled and said, ‘This is Yeola
city, the home of Paithani sarees.’
We had inadvertently landed
in Yeola, the handloom-weaving
centre for Shalu and Paithani silk
sarees. Paithani gets its name after
Paithan, a town in Maharashtra,
where it is hand-woven by local
womenfolk. Made from the finest
silk, these sarees employ an art form
dating back over 2,000 years, and
are considered to be among India’s
richest varieties of saree.
Ah- hiddem gems of india
Chhow Dance – An ancient dance
form originated in the mock fights of
the Oriya warriors. The Chhow dance
begins with ranga vadya--an ensemble
of indigenous musical instruments
which inspires the dancers, followed
by the orchestra taking up the initial
tune of the dance in slow steps.
In the next stage, ‘nata’, the thematic
contents of the performance and the
drama, is built up. The concluding
stage is ‘nataki’ when the vigorous
movements of the dancers develop a
high tempo ,seconds.