the 1960 'photo' diary of Tony Morrison 'Pusegaon
fair Dec 15th - 27th Procession Dec 17th
population 2,500. Fair day as an estimate 50,000 . Animals the cattle show in
the region 5,000. A large chariot (ratha) - coloured blue silver and white is
drawn through the streets by the crowds.On this are seated the religious leaders
and wise men of the village - standing are other people to receive money. Thousands
of rupee notes are strung finally all over the decorations. Other gifts are given
or presented to the saint, notably mirrors and a cobra (live).
the streets other people dance, play music and there are magicians and horn players
- a huge horn or 'trumpet' as we were told is about 3 feet six inches in diameter.
with balloons, streamers of a variety of colours with red being dominant. All
were wearing best sarees and turbans with many decorations and jewellery
with a variety of sweetmeats in the main streets. laru, jelabi, bajees (potato,
herbs, turmeric - fried)'
Krinks made a short report 'The Pusegaon Annual
Fair'. It was large and well organised . There were impressive displays of cattle
and other livestock ; colourful wrestling matches; a magnificent religious procession
with bands and dancers.
the night of 17th a famous Marathi play,' Lagnarchar ' was presented by about
12 actors and 8 musicians from outside, hired by the villagers for about Rs 1000
[1000 rupees] Photos were not taken at night