Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sing A Song... Sing Along...

My new house never fails to surprise me. It has these little, sweet gitfs to offer me every now and then. The other day, I spotted this colorful dude from my bedroom window. My friends, Yogesh and Reema, rushed down to meet him and click a few pictures. He is a "Vasudev". That's a traditional, Maharashtrian Folk form, the followers of which dance and sing while presenting anecdotes from Lord Krishna's life, in exchange for alms.

The striking headgear and the unusual accessories make them striking enough to be the central theme on a designer's inspiration board. Believe me, this gentleman is an amazing singer. He sings with such passion and zest that hearing his voice just makes my day. He doesn't visit every day, but when he does, it's a happy morning.

Indian culture has so many rare treasures to offer the world. It's unfortunate that the "Vasudevs" are now a rare sight. They bring such joy to the world with their soulful singing and nimble dancing. I am indeed lucky to see this gentleman near my house.







37 comments:

Audrey Allure said...

I've never heard of them before, great pictures! Love all the accessories he's wearing.

Couture Carrie said...

Very interesting post, darling!

xoxox,
CC

bollywoodstylediaries said...

Colorful hat:-)

Sarah loves it all said...

What a neat place you live in! I came over to thank you for the sweet compliments you left for me on my blog. I'm glad I found yours as well, as I am a fashion lover too. I'm looking forward to reading about your fashion favorites!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

what a cool environment to be around! definitely worthy of an inspiration board. thank you for commenting on my blog!

Taj Acosta said...

He's a stylish man and doesn't even know it! Great colors! Hope you are well my dear! Have a great week! xoxo

Tarun said...

He looks like the happiest man in the world. Look at his face!

Silly question but... do these guys get their gear on signing up as vasudevs or do they assemble it themselves? Because it'll be super interesting to see the variations they play with.

Pratishtha Durga said...

Tarun, I think they get the headgear when they become "Vasudev". And yes, he is such a happy man. You have to hear him singing. Such joy!

Taj: This is the stuff Fashion inspirations are made of.

Sarah: Thank you. Hope to see you around more. I love your blog.

Ioana Liliana Gheorghe said...

Thanks so much for visiting, glad you liked it! He does have quite an outfit :)

Berlin said...

I have never heard of 'Vasudev', interesting information. Very striking indeed =)

Thanks for stopping by.

With sunshine & wind,
Berlin

Vaani Arora said...

I've never heard about them before...but look like interesting characters with amazing stories, I am sure :) I wish he walks by when I am visiting Mumbai!

Creative Juices said...

sooper! Is he like the Pied Piper of Maharashtra?

Vintage Obsession said...

I see these guys all the time on the roads they are so colorfully dresses right ?:) nice:)

SabinePsynopsis said...

What an amazing character. With so many changes and the fast industrial devolpments in India I wonder if these old traditions can survive.

Pratishtha Durga said...

Creative Juices: I think he is. I get very happily disoriented when he sings.


Vaani: Keep your fingers crossed. you just might get to hear him sing.

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Pratistha,
I love seeing a glimpse into different places and countries. Incredible photos!
<3

meraldia said...

Very unique style! Beautiful, vivid color and great design. I like his accessories very much!

Johanna Urban said...

WOW! cool post, and the hat is very colorful! :P

Thank you for sharing :) Have a wonderful day!
xx

ARt, http://johannaurban.blogspot.com

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi there-a lovely post and pictures, thanks for sharing!

RepublicOfChic said...

I think with this post you nailed Indian Street fashion! :)

Haute World said...

Wow, what an outfit! I love the intricacies of his costume!

And for Barcelona, I'd recommend heading to the El Borne and Barri Gotic area for smaller boutiques. I covered a few stores on my blog (go to the Barcelona tag on the left sidebar). I'd also recommend stocking up on Mango, Zara and all Inditex brands (Bershka, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Uterque etc.) as they're cheaper there than elsewhere.

Cheryl Clarke said...

he is a sharp-dressed man!

http://cherylclarke.blogspot.com

Cafe Fashionista said...

I adore these pictures. His accessories are phenomenal!! :)

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Aww how sweeet of you Yogesh and Reema to run and click him to feature him here!! I agree! India's vividness is infinite!

The Very Subjective said...

being rare makes it a luxury!

ambika said...

I can't imagine being able to see this from my window! How I envy you.

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Oh, my, I had never heard of the people like this before in my life!He is really hard to miss and if I would see him outside of my house I would,most certainly, make every attempt to introduce myslef to him. :-) I am so very happy your house gives you little surprises and gifts.:-) Remember how in "Under The Tuscan Sun" the main character talked about the house? :-) The house ptotects the dreamer! You are so lucky to look forward to vocation. I know that vocation is not going to happen to me for a very VERY long time.:-) I hope you are having a wonderful week so far.:-)))

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, he's so cool! How I would love to look out my window and see him, it would cheer me up! Thank you so much for stopping by Little Blue Deer, I'm so glad to meet you and will be following for sure! Cheers!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Wow!! That sounds amazing!! I love India culture and my two best friens are Indian!! xxoxoxoxoo

(always)alanna said...

aw i love this! and he looks so cute!
xx

English Rose ♥ said...

I love Indian culture - great pics!

Thanks for your lovely comment darling =]

Have an immense weekend!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

CCWai said...

Wow! looks like he's got some really cool stuff on him! I really like some of what he's wearing.

Sydnie said...

Wow, such fantastic pictures! I would be just as excited if this colorful man was outside my window, and I daresay I would take many pictures as well ...

Sydnie
www.takemeouttotherunway.blogspot.com

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Hello beautiful friend! How wonderful to have the pleasure of enchantment by this wonderful man's visits. His clothing and cultural background are beautiful and so wonderful to see. I have missed your beautiful blog and I'm glad to be back. I do hope you have had a spectacular weekend!


Rachel

Noble Beeyotch said...

OMG! Such awesomeness...I wish i could own some of his jewelery!

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

I stopped by to wish you a wonderful day and to thank you for the wonderful words under my Atelier post. I have put so much effort into it and appreciate every compliment!:-)I would absolutely love to have you as my guest any day!:-)

mom & son said...

Hello Sweetie!
I missed you and thank you so much
for showing some love on our blog.

Person like him brings joy and
brighten up my day.