Indian Community Living in and Around Karlsruhe
Grand Gudi Padwa Celebrations by “Maharashtra Mandal Karlsruhe”
The Maharashtra Mandal Karlsruhe is an Indian community living in and around Karlsruhe belonging to Maharashtra from India. ‘Gudi Padwa’ marks the start of the Maharashtrian New Year as per the Hindu Lunar Calender on the first day of the month of ‘Chaitra’. The Maharashtra Mandal Karlsruhe celebrated the auspicious day on April 7th, 2018 at the Anne Frank Haus in Karlsruhe.
The celebrations attracted more than 150 people from Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Walldorf, Weinheim, Ludwigshafen and Frankfurt. Everybody dressed in traditional Maharashtrian attire gave a feel as though the celebrations happened in India. The colorful nine-yard saree called ‘Navwari’ worn by the women, combined with the ‘Nath’ traditional nose pin highlighted the grace of celebration. The men in their orange ‘pheta’ turban gave an authentic feel to the day.
The purpose to come together is get to know each other, celebrate together and also to display the Maharashtrian culture, music and dance especially for the young Indians growing up in Karlsruhe.
After the lighting of the lamp, salutations to Lord Ganesha was performed by very talented kids in form of yoga positions. Then the highlight of the programme ‘Shobha Yatra’ was performed. Shobha Yatra is a procession that takes place by large group of people on the streets of Maharashtra on this auspicious Day of Gudi Padwa. These people dressed in traditional attire perform the Maharashtrian dance forms using flags, Lezim and a variety of local musical instruments like the cymbals and the drum instrument Dholki. The performers in Karlsruhe put an astounding show and created the same effect as in India. The audience was filled with awe and nostalgia, that the thunder of claps did not stop for some time.
Authentic lip smacking variety of Maharashtrian food: Batatyachi Bhaji (Potatoes), Matkichi Usal (Sprouts Curry), Masale Bhat (Rice with vegetables and spices), Chapati (Flat Indian Bread) and Shrikhand (Traditional sweet dish made from thick curd) was served for lunch.
After the lunch the cultural programmes continued. The Maharshtra Mandal Karlsruhe offered a platform for singers, dancers and especially for children to display their talents and give everybody an insight into the Maharashtrian culture. The programme was then concluded by a poetry session, monologue and a Marathi quiz.
A nice hot Indian tea was served and all of us had a great time interacting with each other and getting to know new people.
A million thanks and congratulations to the organizers for taking the efforts and making it a memorable ‘Gudi Padwa’ for all of us. The preparations had started in January itself and this is the third event organized by Maharashtra Mandal Karlsruhe. There are currently 14 core members in the Mandal and the numbers are only increasing. The Maharashtra Mandal Karlsruhe is very well connected with the Maharashtra Mandals in Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and other major cities in Germany.
In Germany, Karlsruhe is already a pioneer in having close ties with Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Mandal Karlsruhe will not only help to strengthen the relations by making Karlsruhe more attractive for Indian companies but will also help by increasing the cultural and socio-economic exchange between Karlsruhe and Maharashtra.
(Kalpana Padmanabhan, InDea Services)
A sneak peek into the the Gudi Padwa Event.
Shobha Yatra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcgEZqktJ70
Assorted Photos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLa6TMuxyxg