Marriage is a Friendship…

Nowadays, Marriages celebrate like festivals. Lighting, Music, Decorations, food items, dresses, ornaments, Selfies, heavy sets, special entry for couple etc. Those few days of show offs have not  much more than calmness, love, understanding, responsibilities to each other. Heavy dresses, original flower decorations for some lakhs, high quality sets, expensive catering, music for extra emotions which is everything a talk of the society for a few days. Nothing will work more than love and candour to live together. 

Painting By Navin R Soni, Bhuj-India

     

From month ‘Kartak’ to ‘faagan’ and ‘vaishakh’ to ‘jeth’ is the season of marriages in India as Hindu calendar. ‘Muhurta’ (the right time for Rituals) is very important for marriage ceremonies. How could the way a trend of marriages started?! Without ‘Muhrata’, transactions, decorations, food dishes.?! By Indian Mythology, evening is a good time to be married when there is twilight created on the horizons. 

In Childhood, I always got bored of attending marriage functions and told my father about that. He had only one question for me. What will you do when you get marry.?! My answer is still the same.I got bored too during solemnization of my marriage that needs to be done two times. Where first for the actual ceremony and second time for photographers.! Those few days of Regalisam has nothing more than entertainment. Nothing will come together and every couple needs to understand their life on the basis of time. What can be a real definition of marriage? I think its’ a true friendship. If a couple can’t’ be true friends then life has a lot of disappointments. In old times women had nothing to do for their life. Women had no rights and men had a misunderstanding of having authority over them? Even the word ‘marriage’ is becoming a very less important and getting divorce is a very common thing for a few silly reasons! Tuning between each other is always necessary but now, the upcoming generation doesn’t’ have much interest in going for tuning and getting married to each other!? Many of them  are not sure about whether to marry or not. The word freedom has taken it the wrong way and they use it in their own way. Believing in marriage is a big question for coming generations.Stability has a great role to maintain their own life. Life is a lesson and those different faces of it should be learnt by the time. No one has been born as self-educated.

Marriage is like two good tuned instruments that can  produce sweet music. 

Thank You So Much.

© Jigar Soni            

Kutch.. the land of offbeat composition

  India is a country where people are curious to visit different states or region. Every region has its geographical speciality. Kutch is a place which is known for it’s dry land and seashore. Over the years there have been many natural disasters on Kutch and has been adapted to drought conditions by the people. The region has many variations like Seas, hills, deserts, castles, palaces, fortresses etc.Now, It’s time for Rann festival in few days. It looks incredible  when the reflection of the moon or sun scatters on white rann. We can feel like the Moon imprint its own on the Earth. Reflections are finding the way to scattered on acceptance or purity. Weather it’s of nature or human nature. There is no world without reflection and by that it looks rhythmic and beautiful. 

Painting by me

 In Spite of salt rann in kutch there are some lands with farms and jungles in the other side. The rocky area of kutch express its’ plaster of time from the ages. Folk life of kutch has variations of colours in their living stories. We can see those colourful chaniya cholis and ornaments during Navratri festival. It’s a permanent dress in folk life of Kutch. This combination of colourful dress up and dry white land is amazing. That composition of nature and people makes a special image that looks different from other lands.  Kutch is known for beautiful craft work. The folk life of Kutch fills those colours with handicraft, Folk music, pastoral and living stories. Maybe it’s a duty of folk life that fills those missing colours.

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

The Plated Celebrations…

 This is the festival of navratri. The longest festival. Every festival of any country reflects its art and culture. Art and culture defined by the people. In my opinion, Life is a longest festival.      We are eager to celebrate and struggle a bit between eagarness and celebrations. 

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj)

   A festival of Navratri is now very popular across the world. It’s a festival of nine nights. I thought about how this celebration has changed in modern times?? It was all about worship of our goddess and the feast of adoration. It was the festival of Garba. Some women met in the square near their homes. They did worship of our Goddess and played garba. Garba is an art of playing with rhythm in circularly(Perambulate). They sang together, clapped and create the ‘laya’. What would be an incredible sweetness on those sounds !! ? They never needed any heavy drums or speakers to play but the rhythm had been created by their claps, Garba sung by women and playing circularly were everything  together.!? The rhythm from their claps and sounds from their singing was wonderful to hear. It was a divine noise created to worship. Everyone naturally could get the rhythm in their play. The ultimate joy was also there.! 

    May this festival is a worship of our mother earth?? Who can know about this.?? Somebody has written that a Garba is a symbol of the universe. Is it the perambulate of the universe. !!

   Now, the whole scenario has changed. This festival has taken a form of business. The loud speakers causing noise pollution.No worship and more drama to win competitions!?? By remembering those steps taught by dance masters they actually forget to dance naturally. Following those steps are not the worship or adoration. The joy of playing is better than following the steps.

   Festivals came from a small celebrations to love, respect and have faith in God.Those festivals which were the identity of our culture is now hidden by the way of our celebrations.  
Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni