Rang Teras – The Tribal Fair
Rang Teras is a popular tribal fest of Mewar celebrated on the 13th moon night of the month of Chaitra. A big colorful fair and huge gathering of tribal to rejoice the harvest of wheat has been celebrating rang teras is customary since 15th century.
Guest Post by Irfan Ali
Rang Teras is a popular tribal fest of Mewar celebrated on the 13th moon night of the month of Chaitra. A big colorful fair and huge gathering of tribal to rejoice the harvest of wheat has been celebrating Rang Teras is customary since 15th century.
Yesterday on 31st April I went to attend this fair at Nandeshwar, being always fascinated by the life of tribal, especially of Mewar region I feel fortunate to get a golden chance to be a part of Rang Teras fair.
It’s a thanksgiving of farmers to mother Earth for providing them food for next year. As a part of the traditional custom, the young males of village enjoy showing off their valiant skills and manhood while dancing and playing various games.
Group of elderly people plays NAGADAS and the youth tries to bout the rhythm of nagadas with swords and bamboo sticks. This art of dancing is called Ghair.
The dance of Ghair is followed by hunt for the coconuts tied on a high pole, which they have to collect by climbing that pole. It is not as easy as it sounds because seeing young men enjoying the game, the females also participate in it as a protagonist with their thin sticks which they use against their men to say that enough of enjoying, let’s go home and the men says “wait my love, let me win the game.” The final coconut is not supposed to be touched and all the players throw stones, pebbles, sticks, arrows and bullets to bring it down to earth. This year there were no guns because of a murder which took place in Nohra a near by village.
The customs and traditions of Mewar are getting vanished because of global integrity and as a part of this integrity the Ghair is getting replaced by gujrati garba, I wish and would be happy if Gavri and Ghair getting performed in other states too, the way we celebrate their festival at the cost of forgetting our Mewari culture and tradition.
The way Mewar lost tigers and leopards, is now loosing the cultures, traditions and the marshal race which once was proud of Mewar, undefeated history of Mewar, the custodian ship of Mewar. The Battle of Haldi Ghati which never ended seems to be getting lost.
Irfan Ali is a serial entrepreneur, passionate photographer, social activist and environmentalist.