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An Open Letter as to Why Dancing in ‘Western Clothes’ at Raahgiri is NOT Against Odia Culture

Dear Mr X, Take this from someone who belongs to an orthodox family and believes in progressive culture, both can co-exist. Well, you must be wondering who starts a letter with words of wisdom? A scorned woman does. A woman who believes in the existence.

By May 3,2016  4

Dear Mr X,

Take this from someone who belongs to an orthodox family and believes in progressive culture, both can co-exist. Well, you must be wondering who starts a letter with words of wisdom? A scorned woman does. A woman who believes in the existence of misogyny and not-so-rightly founded conclusion does.

Now let’s do some reverse engineering and get to the root of ‘why this open letter?’.

Lately your post on Puri, culture and women dancing in tights and jeans has gone really viral, and like every other infection it has spread across the state. When I first read it, I decided to ignore, but then, seeing the magnitude of people agreeing to it, I was left with no choice but to present the other side of the argument.

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The post in complete below:

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Now, have some patience and read this. Firstly, Odisha, is a complex assortment of culture, almost like a human body and the backbone of this culture is really, really strong. And, if you think that dancing in western clothes is going to snap it in half, you have really underestimated the power that it holds. Secondly, yes, India is a democracy and people are free to do as they like, as long as it’s not creating public nuisance or obscenity. Now, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and the same goes for imagined obscenity. Thirdly, I, personally hate how you have portrayed the women as some ‘dancers’ who provoked men to look at them with lust filled eyes. Thanks for the judgmental analysis and the stereotyping.

The ‘righteous’ post has been gaining popularity with wide-spread support from the people of Puri.

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It’s easy to sit at home, criticize and shun something that we don’t understand. I wish you could have taken a moment, paused, breathed in and out, and really thought it through. Puri is a sacred land. Yes. Our culture is important. Yes. Women are allowed to wear tee shirts and jeans. Yes. People are allowed to dance on roads. Yes. Other people are allowed to look. Yes. There’s no disgrace, no shame, no obscenity as you have presumed. No, there’s nothing wrong with Raahgiri.

So, next time, before you throw your judgment on someone and rampantly insult anything on social media or anywhere else, give some space to this generation, give some credit to our culture, which stands firm enough to not get eroded by women dancing in tights. Let’s have some faith in what you are rooting for.

[Post contributed by: Abhipsa] 

 

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  • Rachit

    Puri is not GOA…and the person has stayed in goa for how long??I have stayed there for 6 years and ran a business there..my friends there consider me a Goan Boy..how does a person who’s never even stayed there apart from new year or some stupid vacation compare the places..Shows how antique is the thought process.Such people should be kept in the Natural history museum in the “Fascinating Extinct Animals” Section as prime display.

  • Adwaita Mohanty

    Raahgiri is neither an original or native concept. We must remember its immediate conceptualisation after BBS became Smart City and eligible to a grant of Rs 500 cr from the Centre. Rather than spending this on improving urban infrastructure, hoodwinking the public in such low-cost gimmicks like Raahgiri, Night Markets continues. Obviously most of the money would be siphoned off by the corrupt. What’s more, this foreign concept is now being spread to other urban centres as pure propaganda and little else. And if your generation feels this loot of public money is reason enough to break into a song and dance, I can’t help but LMAO!!!

    • Scooterwaala

      if the money allocated to Raahgiri makes sense or not, is a different topic. The article talks about certain Freedom – freedom to dress, carry yourself the way you are comfortable in(obviously within limits), just like you have the Freedom to diss and shun Raahgiri as a concept.

  • Bidisha Satpathy

    These weird babus and their unnecessary tamashas I tell you! A$&#@les of the highest order. Instead of being happy with the fact that there is a noble attempt to promote togetherness and culture, they are making mountains out of moles. Irrespective of the gender, what’s wrong with people enjoying?
    *worst gaalis for them*

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