Celebration with colours
The spirit of colour
that takes hearts higher
than the highs of Bhaang,
the drink of Lord Shiva.
The mood is exuberant, the singing and dancing adds to it and the fun and frolic of the day allows elements of teasing.
Charara Rang Dare by Urmila Srivastava describes the festivity.
Charararara raaa, he drenches me with colour, Charara rara....
My cheeks are smeared with paint, my scarf falls off my head ….
This rogue has drenched me with color...
Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated in most regions of India in one form or another. It is celebrated at the time of the year when the winter crop has just been reaped. On the full moon night in the month of Phagun, the first grains of the new crop are offered to the holi pyre.
This is a collection of field recordings from the villages and towns of Northern India around Banaras, Mirzapur, Mathura and Allahabad and a substantial part of revenue goes back to the artistes.