The new year is celebrated all over India at around the same time of the year. It is known by various names; In Tamil Nadu it is Puthandu, in Kerala it is Vishu, in West Bengal it is Naba Barsha and Navreh in Jammu & Kashmir. Likewise, it is Rongali Bihu in Assam, Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Baisakhi in Punjab.
April 14th is celebrated as
Tamil New Year day. On this occasion we extend the heartiest of festive greetings to you and wish you an abundance of happiness, peace and prosperity in the ensuing year.
Puthandu, also known as Puthuvarusham or Tamil New Year, is the first day of year on the Tamil calendar. The festival date is set with the solar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, as the first day of the Tamil month Chithirai. Photo courtesy T.Suresh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chintadripet, a neighbourhood in Chennai, was created in 1734 by the then British governor George Morton Pitt with the settlement of over 230 weaver families to produce cotton for export. It was called “Chinna Thari Pettai”, which in Tamil means ‘village of small looms’. Chintadripet, located on the southern bank of the Cooum River, is surrounded by Chepauk, Island Grounds, Pudupet, Egmore, Park Town, Vepery and Anna Salai.
The Justice E. Padmanabhan Committee Report declared the intent: “None but spinners, weavers, painters, washers and dyers, with priests and attendants for the temple will be admitted to the new village, to be called Chintadre Pettah.”
Towards the end of the 17th century, British East India Company was fully established within the territory of India, with British primarily focusing on the trade and economic activities. However, as time passed, the company felt the need to have a permanent trading station. This led to building Fort St.George, the first British fortress in India, in 1640 at the coastal city of Madras. George Morton Pitt (1693–1756) served as its president from 1730 to 1735. During this time, the dubashes and chief merchants of the Company who engaged in the supply of cotton goods to the Company rose to great prosperity, power and influence.
Sunku Rama, a chief merchant of Fort St.George, received a piece of land nestled at the bend of the Cooum river from Governor Joseph Collet in 1719. In the years that followed, Sunku Rama became arrogant to the Company's European merchants. This led to his dismissal from his post in 1731. In 1734, the Company took over his land with the intent of creating a settlement for weavers.
Bemala Audiappa Narayana Chetty, a chief merchant of the Company, helped in the populating the village, which grew to accommodate nearly two hundred and fifty families within two years after its foundation.
Prior to independence, Chintadripet was identified with small looms as each of the fifteen streets in the neighbourhood had at least a dozen weavers. With decline in cotton production and rise of power looms, weavers migrated elsewhere.
Many spinners and weavers are found in Chintadripet even today. You still get to see many old and beautiful houses, thriving markets, forgotten schools, historic temples, surely from the turn of the 20th century. The swarming Chintadripet market accommodates both age-old trades and 21st-century demands.
Every Indian heart swells with pride as the Tricolour unfurls, unleashing waves of patriotism and celebrating the spirit of freedom. Vibrant colours are symbolic of India and its national flag.
The Sarangi collection salutes this spirit of freedom and offers a select collection of saris symbolizing the tricolour of the country's flag. The plain expanse of sheer, shimmering silk is like a canvas allowing you to experiment: embellish it with delicate embroidery, a show-stopper border, use deft brush strokes to paint on it or team it with one of those alluring blouses from our sister store, Padma Paaduka.
Popularly known as bhagwa, the saffron colour is synonymous with Indian yogis and is known to elevate the spirit to higher levels of consciousness.
Pristine white stands for peace, purity, innocence, virginity and truth. It also represents light, knowledge and an illuminated mind.
Symbolic of renewed energy, life, growth, fertility, vibrancy and plenty, the green colour reflects a spectrum of hues inspired from nature.
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As the days grow shorter and evenings cooler, we look forward to a special time of the year – Navaratri, or the nine nights when Devi, the Divine Mother walks the earth to destroy evil, restore virtue and shower her blessings and wisdom upon mankind.
On the first three days of her earthly sojourn, the Goddess is worshipped as Ma Durga, the fiercely beautiful and deadly foe of every known form of vice. Having cleansed the world, she becomes Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and plenitude. In the final three days, she is Saraswati , giver of wisdom and knowledge, whom we pray to for strength of the intellect. Virtue, prosperity and enlightenment are the hallmarks of a life well lived. It is to renew and reinforce this thought that we celebrate Navaratri.
By definition, a festival dedicated to the sacred feminine is replete with warmth, color and gaiety. Navaratri is celebrated with ritual fanfare when women bring alive the mythic splendor of the Divine Mother by donning rich, traditional apparel and jewelry.
Kanjivaram saris, with their deep, glowing colors, the effulgence of gold and exquisite motifs drawn from nature are inspired by the Goddess herself – ruby, maroon and every shade of red for Ma Durga, blush pink and fuchsia for lovely Lakshmi and cream, yellow and gold to symbolize Saraswati’s pure light of knowledge.
On these nine, glorious days, every woman who drapes herself in sacred colors is an embodiment of Shakti, the sacred feminine, infusing the earth with her creative energies.
Celebrate the spirit of Navaratri or grace the festivities in gorgeous Kanjivarams from Sarangi and embrace your femininity.