Mohak Arts plays an important role in creating beautiful jewellery that is specialty of this season. Members of the group have been working since 21 years and doing their bit to keep the tradition alive.
Sulekha Deshpande, Founder of Mohak Arts, told this citizen journalist : “Our tradition is so amazing. There is so much to be done in every festival. We celebrate occasions right from the birth of a child up to the wedding and thereafter in unique ways.”
Deshpande started the group on her own. Then, she used to make pearl jewellery at home. She was later joined by Sandhya Ghode, Kavita Indurkar and Bhagyashri Joshi. Now the team has 25 members, said the resplendent lady.
Deshpande further said: “From January to March we remain busy in teelwa functions. Women wear black saris and our special ornaments add to their traditional flavour of the occasion. We also make special black costumes for newly wed couples as well as little children.” The group not only deals with the look of the festival but also the delicacies. Food is quintessential part of any celebration and hence it is also given much importance.
Apart from this, Mohak Arts also receives orders for occasions like naming ceremony of a child, munj, making rukhwant (decorative articles given to the bride by her family), mangalagaur, dohale jewan, weddings etc. “Our sister concern, ‘Anandi’, plays an important role in maintaining authenticity of the given function. Anandi members present the folk songs that are ingrained in our culture for various occasions; however, many of us have never even heard them. They thus help in making the event complete,” Deshpande said.
Deshpande’s novel venture has gained much importance today with colours of our rich rituals and tradition fading away in fast life. Members of Mohak Arts are thus making a big difference in their own way in conserving the richness of our culture.
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