Friday, September 18, 2009

Onam week in pictures

Elephants in procession in Palakkad

Traditional functions on the eve of niece's marriage at Thiruvizha
Niece as part of traditional functions on the eve of marriage

Traditional functions on the eve of niece's marriage

Niece's marriage , 30th August 2009

Maveli visited us with drummers in modern costumes( 2nd Sept 09)

Onappoo at home in Cherthala, 2nd Sept 2009

Traditional Sadya on Dad's navathy 3rd Sept 2009
Kerala, 6th September 2009.


agp said...

Nice photos. You could have put some description of the traditional functions associated with the wedding too.Are these some rituals specific to Kshatriyas?

meerasworld said...

beautiful pictures.your niece looks little like kavya madhavan:)

Nebu said...

I have to agree with meerasworld;Yes very much in the 4th photo.

Maddy said...

When you get to the bottom of some of these rituals, you end up getting quite surprised..Interesting, surely..took me back home once again..

Murali RamaVarma said...

Thank you, agp. Yes, some of these functions on the eve of the marriage were peculiar to Kshathriyas. In earlier days, the marriages were more like Veli among Namboothirisand as Agnisakshi. Of late, the marriage day funcions are restricted to Thalikettu, Mothram maral, and Pudava kodukkal as in the case of Nairs too. I shall try to write on these sometime soon.

Murali RamaVarma said...

Thank you, Meera. I am sure, Aparna will be quite thrilled by your comment.

Murali RamaVarma said...

Thanks, Nebu.

Murali RamaVarma said...

Thank you, Maddy. Glad to note your comments.

Sunita said...

Your niece is very pretty!
Your reference to Maveli's drummers in modern costume brings to mind how much everyday wear has changed in Kerala. Earlier I would see ladies in blouses and 'mundu' with a 'thorthu' working in paddy fields, etc. Nowadays they all wear voluminous full-sleeved men's shirts with their mundu. And the girls are all in salwar-kameezes and the traditional long skirts seem to have disappeared from the scene.

Murali RamaVarma said...

Thank you, Sunita. I shall inform your comment to my niece who has since joined her husband in Pune.

As you rightly remarked, photos do provide a history of the changing costumes and the way of life of people.