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Breaking the handi stereotype

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
By A Staff Reporter

Chembur-based club coaches females in the art of handi-breaking

If you think breaking dahi handis and laying hands on the cash prize is a male domain then this year be ready to change your mindset. Women from Chembur are all set to challenge men in this handi-breaking game on Gokulashtami.

Amarjyot Seva Mandal, a Chembur-based club, for the first time, has coached a group of around 70 females to break dahi handis. This group comprising students, college goers and even housewives have been practicing since July 23, and are ready to make a human pyramid of five tiers.

Speaking about why Amarjyot came up with the idea of training women for dahi handi, coach Vikram More said, “Since last year, many women and girls have been coming to us and have expressed their desire to participate in dahi handi. So we thought, why not do it this year? Also, when women are giving a tough fight to men in all spheres, why should they be left behind in this? The response from the ladies has been great.”

This group has a mix of different age groups. While five year old Rasika Chorghe is the youngest, 26-year-old Sangeeta Kale is the oldest. People older than them like Priya Yadav (38) and Maya Kare (37) would act as the support system and help the ones who happen to fall off the pyramid.

While the enthusiasm of the participants has been great, this unique group of handi breakers have managed to grab attention from other parts of the city and the state too. They have a total of eleven matkis to break out of which six are in Chembur, two in Panvel and one in Vashi. Also, two special matkis would be waiting for this all-ladies group at Pune too.

“Yes, this group has been called by Kishore Shinde, a MNS corporator from Pune and Sachin Chitale, President, Vidyarthi Yuva Sena, MNS to break dahi handis. They have organised a big programme for us,” confirmed More.

“The aim behind this is to pass on the message that girls and women are in no way inferior to men. They are equally talented and efficient. Taking these women as examples, people should stop female infanticide and accept girls the way they accept boys,” concluded a proud More.

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