Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Independence Day To All Of Us, Indians!

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I saw this video, titled, 'KHADI, The Fabric of Freedom', some 10 days back in the National Television. Bharatbala Productions, who has produced many patriotic short films, has produced this. You can see how passionately our ancestors followed Gandhiji's instructions and started making Khadi clothes for their own use. You can enjoy the scenes of the village life, in those days (Independence struggle days), here:




I remember making cotton thread using a 'takli' (drop spindle) in my school, I think when I was in the 4th or 5th Std. in Udupi. I looked for an image of 'takli' and I got this video! A foreign lady is teaching here how takli is used in India! She teaches very well! You will understand what a Takli is and how to use it, if you wish so! We used to sit on the floor and make the thread! The takli was like the one in the video! We were given homework too and I used to take back to school, the ready thread, which was rolled in a stick! I don't remember what happened to the thread later! I remember buying soft cotton which looked like candles from shops! You can also notice the ladies in the earlier video cleaning the cotton, very fast and getting it ready for spinning. You can enjoy watching a Tamilnadu village lifestyle! They look like Chettinad people.

Now, to know how Takli was used for spinning yarn:




Now, to one of my favourite song, 'Bharat humko jaan se pyaara hai'! Beautiful song from Manirathnam's film, Roja! Music is by A.R. Rahman. Hariharan is the singer. Lyrics by P.K. Mishra.




JAI HIND!
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15 comments :

KParthasarathi said...

Spinning yarn(no pun intended)at home was a patriotic passion those days.It brings back nostalgic memories of my grand father spinning thread in charka adequate to supply his needs for dhoti and shirts.I used to carry the thread to a gurukulam at Tambaram where they wove it into cloth.
Spindle and charka were symbols of patrotism those days.Who can forget the picture of Mahatma before his charka?
An apt post for the independence day,Sandhya.

varunavis said...

Happy independence to u sandhya,not able to see the videos,will check later....

Destination Infinity said...

Good that I didn't have to do that in my school! Somehow, crafts and me don't connect! I think, some level of self-dependency is required even though we get clothes and everything else outside these days. After all, 'Independence' day it is! Wishing you a very happy Independence day Maami!

Destination Infinity

kavita said...

Sandhya i live in that part of India where still now many people weave clothes for their own use.We are making a special room where my ma-in-law's loom would be kept and to our surprise many daughters ,daughter-in-laws (all are modern ) have shown genuine interest in learning once it is assembled .
Thanks for the videos .A Very Happy Independence Day To You Too.

Sandhya said...

K.PARTHASARATHY: Nice to know the new information, Partha Sir!

My grandfather used to wear his own handmade clothes, I have heard. But I have never seen the charka at home, in Udupi. He acted as a dhwibhaashi for Gandhiji, whenever he visited Udupi, I have heard. His birth and death years are the same as Gandhiji!

Thank you for the nice comment, Partha Sir!


VARUNAVI: Thank you, Wish you the same Saritha!


DESTINATION INFINITY: My elder son was good at crafts, except painting. The younger son liked to play outdoor games, rather than spend time in crafts!

Thank you, Destination Infinity (marumaane!)


KAVITA: I remember seeing pictures of your mother-in-law's sarees in one of your posts. It is nice that you are making a separate room for the loom.

Thank you, Kavita and wish you and your family the same!

BK Chowla, said...

A very happy independence day

Renu said...

HAppy Independence day to you too !!!

R. Ramesh said...

happy independence day sandhya ji:)

Bikramjit said...

when I close my eyes and think of village i can visualise My nani and my maassi's sitting and Spinning .. The way they used the Charkha to make thread and all .. We have somehow lost the art in vilalges too now .. But It indeed was a passion doing it at home ..

and I rememeber the ladies making lovely cloth with it , especially the Fulkari's for the brides to be .. Or the bed sheets or the I dont know the english word but in punjabi its called a DARI.. you put it on bad with a bedsheet and slept on it ..

Happy independance day to you tooo :)

Sandhya said...

BK CHOWLA: Thank you and wish you the same, Cholaji!


RENU: Thank you, Renu!


RAMESH: Thank you, Ramesh!


BIKRAM: Thank you for the information, Bikram! Our country is full of artistic people. The art is diminishing now because of the advent of TV serials, I feel.

Happy Independence day, to you too, Bikram!

Swaram said...

I luv that song too Sandhya! Listened to it so many times yesterday :) Belated wishes to u too!

Hema said...

we get to see those spinning wheels only in the museum these days.. I cannot imagine how people made all these thread from the cotton and gave it to the spinning mills to be made into a garment.. Its amazing.. to wear to feel a fabric made out of your own hands from the scratch... today the plight of those coop society mills are pathetic.. the fault is within me too.. I prefer RMKV or pothys compared to the coop tex.. now the govt has declared that it will stop the loan that it usually gives the society people for the procurement of materials for the order.. well,I hope to drop in one of the centres and atleast have a look around and may be buy a saree or a churidar.. It should be a toll to the govt to run these cooptex stores without much customers.. I hear that khadi is much heavier compared to cotton.. is it true??

Sandhya said...

SWARAM: Thank you, Swaram!


HEMA: I saw some looms at the Handloom exhibition last year!

Read Kavita's comment. They are still doing clothes at home!

I read the govt.'s order about stopping subsidies to co-op. societies. Feel sad.

Yes, Khadi is heavier, but khadi churidar material is very good...looks elegant on the person who wears it!

R. Ramesh said...

ya i agree PM is nice guy yar...but the movement is not against PM, it is against corruption..!!

Deepa said...

The Khadi film is very nice Sandhya. Although, considering that the subject is primarily based on rural India, it would have been better to have a folk music motif rather than Upanishad chanting. Does not fit.

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