Nuts: A starving bull and a 450 year legacy.
Voices raised in songs of devotion as crowds throng to seek the blessings of Nandi and Lord Shiva, the continuous hum of customers haggling, as far as the eye could see, a sea of brownish – groundnuts in all shapes and sizes, laid out across the roads. This is Basavanagudi each year in November, throughout the Kadlekai Parishe (Groundnut Fair), a legacy that dates back to Kempegowda himself. Having been at the forefront of these parties for over 25 years, he tells Vishaka V. Warrier about the Kadlekai Parishe that will happen on November 25 and 26 this year.
The man with all the proverbial’smile’ and down-to-earth manner, is well-versed together with all the background of the locality. Basava is just another term for’Nandi’bull or bull. ‘That goes back to Kempegowda’s time,’ says Satyanarayanasaid ‘Groundnuts were developed here but the farmers discovered, to their disappointment, so their harvest was being consumed in the nighttime with a bull.’ The Basava, or the bull, is Thought to Be the gatekeeper of Kailasha, the abode of Lord Shiva. ‘by ravaging their livelihoods, They decided to appeal to Lord Shiva, to stop this bull.
They offered their produce into the Nandi first before it was given for human ingestion.
Kempegowda, who is known as the founder of Bengaluru, took it upon himself to construct a temple. The fourth Monday of Kaarthika Maasa was devoted to the farmers. Since it became a kind of meeting point for farmers, Kempegowda conceptualised the Kadklekai Parishe, a festival.’
Satyanarayana has dwelt in Basavanagudi and the Kadlekai Parishe brings back many memories, going back to when he had been a child himself.’ I recall farmers coming to offer their produce and participating in the honest,’ he cried. Groundnuts boiled back home or fried and were purchased. ‘I’m not able to enjoy the fair now,’ he says, somewhat sadly,’My responsibilities as a corporator means I have a checklist of items that have to be attended to! Formerly, I had been free to roam around and revel in the jaathre!’
The commercialisation of bengaluru has cast its spell states Satyanarayana. Now, instead of sitting in a vast open space, the Parishe zigzags its way. Culture is always changing, as are notions of entertainment as well as the Parishe has enlarged too petting zoos as well as circus performances to help keep customers. Even the BJP government in 2008, he says,’turned the festival into a cultural extravaganza, in which dancing, music and folk art are performed by both professionals and citizens. These happen in the parks of Basavanagudi ‘ There are also sellers than farmers, Nowadays.
‘villages which groundnuts surrounded Basavanagudi. So back then, the festival has been anchored by the farmers. However, since this is no more land, farmers have moved to the outskirts of town,’ he explains. There are also more varieties as sellers stock distinct create, being sold now. ‘Some buy their groundnuts from K.R. Market, others visit farmers in the neighboring villages. There are still farmers that come from places like Magadi, Anekal and Dodballapur, who reflect their neighborhood today.’
A lakh visitors arrive each year, as well as the vendors participating in the fair.
Basavanagudi has come to be an’adda for lovers of arts, foodies and the devotees, of course, seeking the blessings.’ It’s a high-security event, with around 500 police officers of various ranks and from the Home Guards appointed for the festival. Has been well-equipped if there is a medical emergency of any type. BWSSB provides drinking water, while the Muzrai and BBMP departments are at the forefront of the organisation of this festival. ‘It’s the end result of a force .’
He said to set the tone for the following official delegation of duties,’Preparing Basavanagudi is the first endeavor. We start with three drives, every year. One on Friday, then a day before the fair and obviously, one the day comes to an end.’ This year, the platform of the festival is utilized to provide awareness about the use of plastic and waste segregation. He explained,’Our celebrations shouldn’t cause injury.’
His strategy to the goes past the discharging his official duties. Mr. Satyanarayana states,’Fairs like Kadlekai Parishe are platform for upholding the culture of our land. With the town getting a multi-cultural site, we have to take pride in not only exhibiting our civilization, but also talk about the stories of our property to the cultivate creation and people from other cultures.’
Taking inspiration in the iconic Kadlekai Parishe at Basavanagudi, chapters of the same have emerged at Malleshwaram and Yelahanka. He said’The traffic woes in the city have made it difficult for folks to make it into the fair. Therefore, this is a good initiative.’