Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thiruvizha/திருவிழா

A travelling troupe puts up a skit
Song, dance, a message with wit
Advising workers to fight for wages
The village gathers; men, women, of all ages.
As the drama comes to a stop
Tiny roadside stores begin to pop
Offering orange, red, ice-lollies,
Kites, bangles, dancing Thanjavur dollies.
A wizened woman sells kanakaambaram flowers;
Perfect gift to unite separated lovers.
A lost child cries, picking her nose,
An old man, beedi in hand, begins to doze.
Soothsayers arrive, parrots in a cage
The village drunk ambles around, in a fit of rage.
Karakaatam dancers, pots on their heads wobble
Pretty girls in thavanis, the men turn to ogle.
Drum beats fade into the depths of night
Fireworks brighten the velvety darkness with light.


Thiruvizha is the Tamil word for carnival or fair.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thiruvizha/திருவிழா

A travelling troupe puts up a skit
Song, dance, a message with wit
Advising workers to fight for wages
The village gathers; men, women, of all ages.
As the drama comes to a stop
Tiny roadside stores begin to pop
Offering orange, red, ice-lollies,
Kites, bangles, dancing Thanjavur dollies.
A wizened woman sells kanakaambaram flowers;
Perfect gift to unite separated lovers.
A lost child cries, picking her nose,
An old man, beedi in hand, begins to doze.
Soothsayers arrive, parrots in a cage
The village drunk ambles around, in a fit of rage.
Karakaatam dancers, pots on their heads wobble
Pretty girls in thavanis, the men turn to ogle.
Drum beats fade into the depths of night
Fireworks brighten the velvety darkness with light.


Thiruvizha is the Tamil word for carnival or fair.

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