Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday snapshot - Children's day special


Met this kid when I went to Athirampally Falls last week and she was rushing past me with her mother. I followed her and asked her if I could take her picture and she readily agreed. Later, I learnt that she had a fancy dress competition at school and hence she was in this attire of a tribal freedom fighter..she was in a tearing hurry and hence I could not ask her name or more details..

When I was looking back at the pictures, realized it was Children's Day and it took me back in time..I remembered participating in a Fancy Dress Contest myself, where I was a local Tamil soothsayer,  who is referred to as "Jakkama". It is believed that the astrologer who looks into the future using shells is actually possessed by the Goddess . If you go to Mahabalipuram, you will find many of them around and of course, all of them are fake.If I remember right, one of the Jakammas used to come home during every festival, do some standard prediction and then leave with some money

Coming back to the contest, I didnt really win anything, but I remember the nervousness and the applause and the appreciation that came my way. I also remembered how painstakingly my folks had dressed me up and made me recite the lines spoken by these " Jakkamas" . I guess I was always a good drama queen .. By the way have you ever participated in a fancy dress contest as a kid ?

16 comments:

mepeh homepage said...

perfectly beautiful and I like her make up very attractive.

Asha said...

yes, i participated in a fancy dress competition in class two. i was dressed like a marwari bahu. I won the first prize. It was a disc shaped water bottle. hey, thanks for bringing back those memories.

Prabhu said...

Nice photos!

indicaspecies said...

I like the second shot. I was more into sports than dance, drama, theatre etc so, no.
I shall be looking forward to your post/shots of Athirampally.

Ms.N said...

the first pic is very very arresting. the mom's done good work in dressing up the kid i think.

jakkamma and also gudu gudu pandi (the guy who rattles a drum, and does he also tell ur future? cant remember now) are popular i think :D.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous costume.. what a lovely face she has!

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P.N. Subramanian said...

The make up was too good for the kid's face looks like a grown up women. Had you not given the second picture, I would not have believed that she is a little girl. I too have participated in a play based on Premchand's story when I became the heroine (Gangi). A black and white photograph is still preserved.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

first pic looked more like a doll.. only after seeing 2nd one i realized its for real

Fida said...

So beautiful!

Now I would like to see a photo of that drama queen...lol

Btw, love your new layout!

Santosh Bangar said...

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Siddhartha Joshi said...

oh even i did participate in one such contest as a kid...i played an arab sheikh! a garment was especially stitched for me for the ocassion along with the long coat. the beard and mustache was painted on my face with poster color :)

won nothing, but spoke some very funny lines to play my part. that was also the beginning of my disastrous acting career :)

AJEYA RAO said...

Very nice picture. The girl seesm to be very photogenic. The expressions are perfect

Jeevan said...

I have participated in a only contest for independence day as a Villu Paattu'kaaran along my classmates, wearing dothi.

Great shots lakshmi and her expressions shows the worth makeup.

Anu said...

Beautiful!! i used to avoid participating in anything, but remember being forced to by my teacher once, and went as an air hostess.. wonder if i even remembered the lines i was supposed to speak! mys sis (cousin ) was the drama queen who participated in so many..she never forgot her lines either! i used to help dress her up.. remember making a mermaid costume for her, as well as an apron when she dressed as Wendy from Peter Pan!

India Vacations said...

The second pic is nice.In first snap the girl look like a grown up women. I have never participated in fancy dress competition, but I always take initiative in my kids fancy dress programs.

Thanks for the information about "Jakkama".