Sunday snapshot – Children’s day special

Met this kid when I went to Athirampally Falls last week and she was rushing past me with her mother. I followed her and asked her if I could take her picture and she readily agreed. Later, I learnt that she had a fancy dress competition at school and hence she was in this attire of a tribal freedom fighter..she was in a tearing hurry and hence I could not ask her name or more details..

When I was looking back at the pictures, realized it was Children’s Day and it took me back in time..I remembered participating in a Fancy Dress Contest myself, where I was a local Tamil soothsayer,  who is referred to as “Jakkama”. It is believed that the astrologer who looks into the future using shells is actually possessed by the Goddess . If you go to Mahabalipuram, you will find many of them around and of course, all of them are fake.If I remember right, one of the Jakammas used to come home during every festival, do some standard prediction and then leave with some money

Coming back to the contest, I didnt really win anything, but I remember the nervousness and the applause and the appreciation that came my way. I also remembered how painstakingly my folks had dressed me up and made me recite the lines spoken by these ” Jakkamas” . I guess I was always a good drama queen .. By the way have you ever participated in a fancy dress contest as a kid ?


  1. Asha 14 November, 2010 at 15:11 Reply

    yes, i participated in a fancy dress competition in class two. i was dressed like a marwari bahu. I won the first prize. It was a disc shaped water bottle. hey, thanks for bringing back those memories.

  2. Ms.N 14 November, 2010 at 16:39 Reply

    the first pic is very very arresting. the mom’s done good work in dressing up the kid i think.

    jakkamma and also gudu gudu pandi (the guy who rattles a drum, and does he also tell ur future? cant remember now) are popular i think :D.

  3. P.N. Subramanian 14 November, 2010 at 21:41 Reply

    The make up was too good for the kid’s face looks like a grown up women. Had you not given the second picture, I would not have believed that she is a little girl. I too have participated in a play based on Premchand’s story when I became the heroine (Gangi). A black and white photograph is still preserved.

  4. Santosh Bangar 15 November, 2010 at 11:37 Reply

    the girl is looing beautiful and innocent .nice pic
    1st time here i have also interest in interior decoration and dress desinging.but i never got any chance to show it i inspired by ur blog/i have food blog do visit

  5. Siddhartha Joshi 15 November, 2010 at 17:40 Reply

    oh even i did participate in one such contest as a kid…i played an arab sheikh! a garment was especially stitched for me for the ocassion along with the long coat. the beard and mustache was painted on my face with poster color 🙂

    won nothing, but spoke some very funny lines to play my part. that was also the beginning of my disastrous acting career 🙂

  6. Jeevan 16 November, 2010 at 18:49 Reply

    I have participated in a only contest for independence day as a Villu Paattu’kaaran along my classmates, wearing dothi.

    Great shots lakshmi and her expressions shows the worth makeup.

  7. Anu 17 November, 2010 at 12:24 Reply

    Beautiful!! i used to avoid participating in anything, but remember being forced to by my teacher once, and went as an air hostess.. wonder if i even remembered the lines i was supposed to speak! mys sis (cousin ) was the drama queen who participated in so many..she never forgot her lines either! i used to help dress her up.. remember making a mermaid costume for her, as well as an apron when she dressed as Wendy from Peter Pan!

  8. India Vacations 18 November, 2010 at 23:17 Reply

    The second pic is nice.In first snap the girl look like a grown up women. I have never participated in fancy dress competition, but I always take initiative in my kids fancy dress programs.

    Thanks for the information about “Jakkama”.

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