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Gor Shikwadi organizing a state level Banjara meet on 15-16 October, at Jalna, Maharastra


Logo of Gor Shikwadi: A social movement has started in Maharashtra and it was named as Gor-Shikwadi.

JAI SEVALAL! JAI GOR!!

Dear Friends,

“Gor Shikwadi” team is organizing a state level Banjara meet on “15th, 16th Oct 2011”. It is first of its kind event going to take place at Jalna District, Maharastra, which is not influenced by any political party. We are sure that this is going to be a memorable event for all of us because it is for the first time that ‘50 Thousand’ people from ‘7 states’ and ‘7000 Tandas’ are going to meet under one roof to demonstrate our integrity and To pass a message that though we are separated by regions, but as Gors we all are ONE.   

ABOUT GOR SHIKWADI                                                                                    
Ten years back under the direction of Shri Kashinath Ji Nayak and Shri Sandesh Ji Chauhan, A social movement has started in Maharashtra and it was named as Gor-Shikwadi. Since its inception, It has reached places and achieved significant results in transforming lives of our Banjaras. Gor-Shikwadi is an NGO aimed only for the progress of Banjara Community.

JOURNEY SO FAR:   Gor-Shikwadi has organized many events so far, to name a few, Student Felicitation Event –an event for creating awareness and importance of education in Tandas and encouraging outstanding students,Cultural Event at Tandas –An event for cultural activities and elaborates the significance of various cultural events. Social Awareness Event- An event for promoting various skills and spreading self-esteem and transforming their lives in tandas. Vadhu Var Mela Event- An event for mass bride-groom match.So far the “Gor Shikwadi” team has worked in 7000 tandas, it has visited almost all states in India and gathered Historical and cultural information.

Links for Gor-Shikwadi events organized at various places in Maharastra will be sent in next mail.

Nayak Ji and Sandesh Ji always says,
To achieve an aim of a ‘Developed Community’, It is everyone’s moral responsibility to serve it by heart and soul.   

 AGENDA:

 ·         Sevalal Maharaj’s Bhog program.

 ·         Welcome Song

 ·         Gor Shikwadi Present & Past:

 ·         Speeches by Intellectuals on Social and Educational Conditions.

 ·         Speeches by State Representatives:

 ·         Sandesh Bhiyas Speech- He is a professor by profession, who has dedicated his life for Banjara community. 

 ·         Social and Cultural Programs from each individual state

 ·         Funding Audit

 ·         Concluding Banjara Meet:

The above events are tentatively scheduled. There might be minor changes in activities as per event possibilities based on last minute considerations.                 

EVENT ACTIVITES:

PAST & THE PRESENT:

1. Our Glorious Ancient History 

2. Our journey of transition from a warrior community to a Business Community

3. Sacrifices of our Ancestors 

4. Our social status before and after Independence 

5. Our current social status and our Identity in all states         

6. What we have done for our community and what could have been done?

7. What are our social responsibilities and how can we do it for empowerment of our    community?    

8. How can we bring all our Banjara Brothers and Sisters in Mainstream of India?

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM:

Cultural demonstrations will be presented by all ‘7 States’ Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan will be organized by respected state representatives. We request all the enthusiasts to take initiative and represent respective states to demonstrate their cultural programs (Cultural programs could be any things will is related to our culture like dancing, singing, Sakis, poetry, Bhajans).We also request the state representatives to share the planned activities with our Respective Event Organizers (List of the Event Organizers will sent in next mail).            

ARRANGEMENTS AND FACILITIES AT VENUE:

At venue all basic arrangement has been done for all ‘50 Thousand’ people like Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Residence.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

“Gor Shikwadi Team” Under the guidance of Shri Nayak Ji and Sandesh Ji.

Date and Venue:

“15th, 16th Oct 2011” (Two Day Residential Program)

Sevagadh,

Chalge mega city,    

Near to saraswati mandir,  

Kharpudi Road, Mantha-Ambad bypass,

District-Jalna (Maharashtra)-431203.”                             

For any queries or concerns please contact the below numbers:

Srihari Dharavath           09600013458 (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamilnadu)

Sandip Khetawat           09823044553 (Rest of the states)

Pravin Ranavath            09545554471 (Rest of the states)

Ravi Ramavath              09960448887 (Rest of the states)

Vijay Palthya                 09822774546 (Rest of the states)

Posted on October 10, 2011----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4th Lambani (Banjara)  Sanskruthi Utsava -2011 October 15-16, 2011 at Chitradurga, Karnataka

Announcement of Santha Sevalal Sri Award -2011

Dear All Banjara Brothers and Sisters, Ram Ram to all.

We are cordially invited you all for 4th year  Lambani (Banjara)  Sanskruthi Utsava -2011.

We planning to conferring of Santha Sevalal Sri Award -2011.
          
Concerning to the above respected matter, we are arranging the programme on 15/10/2011 & 16/10/2011, Sunday.

Venue: Banjara Gurupeeta, Near Rastranayaka S. Nijalingappa Smaraka Bhavana, Seebara, NH4, Chitradurga, Karnataka, India

Chief Organiser of this Programme is His Highness Parama Pujya Guruji Sri Sri Sri Basava Sevalal Sardar Swamiji.

We are announcing  award to bellow mentioned persons for their outstanding performance.

1. Prof. E.T. Puttaiah, Vice Chanceller ,Gulbarga University
 Research and Education Administration.

2. Mr. P R Jadhav, DGM, KSFC , Karnataka Govt
 Financial Administrator and Guide to Many Financial institutions

3. Dr. B Chandra Naik, Rtd DHO
 Out standing performance in health dept.

4. Mrs. Kavitha Bi Ramanaik
Award is conferred in behalf of Her Husband Late. K S Ramanaik, Commissioner- Income Tax, Govt. Karnataka

5. Ms. K.G. Nagalakshmibai
Remarkable Performance in Journalism, Published many books on scam and baby selling.

6. Mr. Manohara Ainapura, Ex MLA
 Social Activist and Chief Promoter of World Banjara Cultural Meet

7. Mr. Jayappa Lamani, Excise Inspector
 International Sports Person

8. Mr. Devi Das Pawar,
 Banjara Film Hero and Producer
Posted on October 10, 2011-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Banjara Sevalal Welfare Society Mumbai marching ahead...

Inauguration of Sant Shree Sevalal Maharaj Chowk in Mumbai on October 27, 2011

Dear Sir,

We are celebrating upcoming programme as per attached file. Please update in your website.
 
Regards,
Shankar Rathod
99871-35045
E-mail:
shankardilse@gmail.com


This is courtesy Advt. by Banjara Times. Posted on October 10, 2011--------------------------

Banjara Cultural Dance Competition by Banjara Sevalal Welfare Society Mumbai on October 26-27, 2011 


This is courtesy Advt. by Banjara Times. Posted on October 10, 2011--------------------------

Dussehra Festival celebrated at Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara by the First Organizing Committee of Goaars of India!


This is First Organizing Committee of Goaars who is celebrated Dussehra Festival from 22 years at Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara, Punjab. Ashok Kamal (President), Dharam Pal Dharamsot (Chairman), Darshan Lal Dharamsot (Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee), Ishar Dass Panjuka Muchhaal, Sodhi Dharamsot, Ritesh Kamal, Bobby Kamal, Kannu Dharamsot, Ajit Kumar Dharamsot, Amarjeet Dharamsot, Goaar Artist and others seen in the picture. 


This is First Organizing Committee of Goaars who is celebrated Dussehra Festival from 22 years at Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara, Punjab. Ashok Kamal (President and Director), Dharam Pal Dharamsot (Chairman), Darshan Lal Dharamsot (Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee), Ishar Dass Panjuka Muchhaal, Sodhi Dharamsot, Bhagat Ram Dharamsot, Ramesh Kamal, Piara Ram Dharamsot, Sucha Ram Dharamsot, Maghu Ram Dharamsot, Ajit Kumar Dharamsot, Amarjeet Dharamsot, Joginder Jamshereka, Parminder Kumar Dharamsot and others seen in the picture. 


It is a wide angle photo of the Dussehra celebrated by the first Goaar Organizing Committee of India. 


Sardar Joginder Singh Mann, Ex Minister and Bhaanja of Sardar Boota Singh Ji, talking to the public about Dussehra. Shri Dharam Pal Dharamsot, Shri Darshan Lal Dharamsot and Singer Lakhbir Lakha also seen in the picture. 


Chairman Dharam Pal Dharamsot and Congress Leader Darshan Lal Dharamsot honoring future Akali Leaders of Phagwara Bibi Sarabjeet Kaur Bhagatpura and Sardar Jaswinder Singh Bhagatpura. 


Goaar Organizing Committee of Dussehra Festival at Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara. Ashok Kamal (President and Director), Dharam Pal Dharamsot (Chairman), Darshan Lal Dharamsot (Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee), Ishar Dass Panjuka Muchhaal, Sodhi Dharamsot, Bhagat Ram Dharamsot, Ramesh Kamal, Piara Ram Dharamsot, Sucha Ram Dharamsot, Maghu Ram Dharamsot, Ajit Kumar Dharamsot, Amarjeet Dharamsot, Joginder Jamshereka, Parminder Kumar Dharamsot and others seen in the picture. 


Shri Kartar Chand Dharamsot (a.k.a. Kanak Puri Ji Maharaj) seen in the picture of Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara, Punjab.


Goaar Artist playing Ram Naatak at Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara. Ram Chand Dharamsot is playing the role of Ram, Daljeet Kumar Dharamsot is playing the role of Laxman and Happy Sahoka Muchhaal playing the role of Hanumaan.


Organizing Committee honoring youth leaders of Phagwara at Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara. Ashok Kamal (President and Director), Dharam Pal Dharamsot (Chairman), Darshan Lal Dharamsot (Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee), Ishar Dass Panjuka Muchhaal, Sodhi Dharamsot, Bhagat Ram Dharamsot, Ramesh Kamal, Piara Ram Dharamsot, Sucha Ram Dharamsot, Maghu Ram Dharamsot, Ajit Kumar Dharamsot, Amarjeet Dharamsot, Joginder Jamshereka, Parminder Kumar Dharamsot and others seen in the picture. 


Congress leader Shri Darshan Lal Dharamsot, Somnath Panjuka Muchhaal, Sodhi Ram Dharamsot honoring the Police Officers on duty at Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara.


Honor of the Chief Guest Shri Dharam Pal Dharamsot, Chairman, Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara. Darshan Lal Dharamsot (Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee), Parminder Kumar Dharamsot, Sodhi Dharamsot, Somnath Panjuka Muchhaal, Ramesh Kamal, Paramjeet Pamme, Ajit Kumar Dharamsot, Amarjeet Dharamsot, Goaar Artist and others seen in the picture. 


What you think? He is Ghooyi Vartia playing the Role of "The Kaal of Meghnath". It is amazing. He is from my Tanda. His father Pappu Vartia is also a Great Showman. 


Hey Lankesh Ye Aag Ka Dariya Hai. Zara Soch Samajh Ke Paar Karna. A scene of 'Seeta Haran'. Eee Gaadi Ro Chhora Chha... Naam Chha Kempy (Kuldeep Kumar Vadana). He is playing the role of Ravana at Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara.


This is a scene of Baali and Sugreev Yudh in Ram Naatak. Ravi Kumar Dharamsot playing the role of Baali and Raju Kumar Dharamsot playing the role of Sugreev at Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara.


Yes, he is our famous artist Lakhbir Lakha. He was the anchor of Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara.


Goaar artist playing Ram Naatak. This is the number one Dussehra in the area. 


Goaar Organizing Committee of Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara is ready to burn the effigies of Ravana and Meghnath.  Ashok Kamal (President), Dharam Pal Dharamsot (Chairman), Darshan Lal Dharamsot (Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee), Ishar Dass Panjuka Muchhaal, Sodhi Dharamsot, Ravi Kamal, Billu and Kannu Dharamsot, Ajit Kumar Dharamsot, Amarjeet Dharamsot and others seen in the picture. 


Efigies of Ravana and Meghnath are burning at the Dussehra Festival celebrated by Maharana Pratap Kala Manch (Regd.) Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara.

Posted on October 10, 2011-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

History and Customs of Banjara Tribe by Mahesh Vanzara


Mahesh Vanzara is belongs to Gujarat and he is representative of Banjara Times (Online Magazine of Goaars of India).


Goaar Writer Mahesh Vanzara from Piplod, Gujarat is standing in front of the Temple.

History and Customs of BANJARA Tribe:

Originating centuries ago in the Jodhpur and Jaisalmer desert areas of Rajasthan, the Banjaras were bullock transport carriers and builders of great monuments, who ranged throughout the subcontinent negotiating and maintaining expensive contracts to supply goods to important customers as the Moghal armies and the British. For centuries, they efficiently moved their enormous caravans through vast roadless tracts of all India, guarantying safe conduct for grain, salt and messages. Doing so they spread from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, from Orissa to Gujarat, spilling over into Sind, Pakistan, Iran and further west. Since they wore all their wealth, they were famed for their colorful dress and spectacular jewelry, and known for their lyricism, for song, poetry and dance, and for the maintenance of a unique aesthetic in their embroidery.
      
With the advent of the railway and the building of a road system, the Banjaras lost their primary occupation, but retained their tradition of monument buildings. Typical of peripatetic nomads, the Banjaras maintain strong boundaries so that they can interact with surrounding peoples and yet retain their cultural integrity. Such boundaries include the separate villages called tanda where the majority of the Banjaras still live today, situated near large cities where they work as construction laborers, or in remote rural areas where they farm, raise and herd animals. Their religion very different from the mainstream one. Their myths are origin, traditional taboos and social structure. The language they use is known as “ghormati” or “Banjaraboli”, related to Hindi, Rajasthani, Punjabi and Roma of the European gypsies, unintelligible to most outsiders, while learning, the regional languages of every part of India where they have settled. And their distinctive colorful clothing, jewelry and embroidery.
        
An endogamous ethnic people, the Banjaras prohibit marriage with outsiders. Among themselves, they are exogamous, marrying only with members of opposite clans, known as gotras. This Hinduized form of exogamy takes its model specifically from the cast system from the Rajputs of Rajasthan. The same gotras are used throughout the subcontinent, allowing Banjaras from distant places to identify themselves to one another by reciting their lineage.
 
Their religion is animistic and implies a deep respect for natural processes and a close alliance with ambiguities inherent to their life. The Banjaras have a high tolerance for irrationality, for teasing and mischievousness, for ambiguity. These dual aspects or contradictions contribute to the hostility and fear that mainstream people exhibit toward the Banjara…. Nationwide, they trace their origin through a complex lineage to cow-herding God Krishna and his consort Radha. At the same time, they retain allegiance to local and pan. Banjaras heroes, gods, goddesses, pilgrimage sites and rites interlaced with their particular history and pattern of wandering. Banjara deify ancestors and saints are worshipped and revered, their own priests, bhagats, interfacing with ancestors and interpreting omens, dreams, miraculous stories and magic.
     
Some materially wealthy or some impoverished, the Banjaras appear to feel at ease anywhere, either moving through the country side of Karnataka, or selling their wares on market day in Goa or at home in their tanda throughout the subcontinent. Synonyms for groups and subgroups of the Banjaras, usually having regional and occupational significance, include the following: banjara, bazigar, banjari, brinjari, gauria, gavadia, laban, labhana, labhani, lamani, lambani, lambadi, sugali, bamania, charan, ghor, marwadi, and many other names…….

Embroidery and Dress

Signaling their ethnic membership, all Banjaras embroideries are designed for a nomadic life style and, while featuring geometric, floral and animal motifs used by a majority of India’s village peoples, Banjara embroidery design is strikingly different.
     
For dancing and ordinary ceremonial wear, women use traditional skirts, shawls and backless blouses generally made of commercial textiles, synthetic yarns and locally available mirrors and metal ornaments. The blouses usually are ornamented on the sleeves and fully embroidered with mirrors across the front. Embroidered flaps with metal ornaments are added to the blouses of married women. The shawls have embroidered borders along the top and bottom edges with a wider more elaborate strip of mirror embroidery at the center top that frames the face. The skirts, hanging low on the hips, are worn with the kodi sadak, a long rope of cowries; the waist bands are generally reinforced with sturdy embroidery, worked on a red quilted or twined ground. Particularly fine pieces are made for prospective brides.
      
Banjara women throughout India wear elaborate twisted and braided hairdos that support and display jewelry and textiles; those styles are typical of Rajasthan. The traditional dress is completed with rows of ivory or bone bracelets, nowadays made of white plastic, worn on the arms, with silver bangles, nose gold ring (bhuria), beads or silver coins necklaces.

Amongst the Banjaras, the single most important ceremonial textile is an embroidery approximately 50 cm. square, of many uses including wedding water pot cover or ritual table cover. It can pre folded to make up different kind of elaborately embroidered dowry bags.

BY: MAHESH VANZARA
PIPLOD, GUJARAT
MO-098790-60402
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