Gangireddulaata,’ a charming art form with Simhachalam in North Andhra Pradesh as its origin, has come to stay as the main tradition to enthrall people ahead of the Sankranti.
The rich traditional art form, a vigorous combination of bovine and human coordination skill, is one of the prime attractions for children in both rural and urban areas.
“Next three weeks are like an exclusive season for the art form. We can make some money, apart from a mixed collection of old clothes ,” B. Nagaraju of Reddipalem village near Pedana town told The Hindu.
Four families including of Mr. Nagaraju have erected makeshift tents by the side of the Pedana-Machilipatnam main road and have been performing the ‘Gangireddulaata’ for the last one week in the surrounding villages. The return of Gangireddu to the villages is considered a good sign for the newly-married couple.
Many couples are even eager to offer special puja to the Gangireddu. Traditionally in this area it is mandatory for the newly-wed couple to donate the garlands with names which bride and the bridegroom exchange during the wedding ceremony. Elders donate the garlands in the absence of couples.
The century-old art form has spread to neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, apart from other parts in the State.