Waking up to a new dawn

Ugadi moments

Waking up to a new dawn

As the ambience is filled with the spirit and mirth of Ugadi, the stars, as much as the common man, are partaking the celebrations in every way they can.

Though they have a busy schedule, most of them try to take some time off and enjoy the festival in all its vibrant shades with family and friends.

For those who can’t, celebrations are on the sets. Wherever they are, they treat themselves to the specialities of the day.

While the stars hope that this Ugadi would usher in a new dawn with exciting projects, they speak about their plans for the day.   

As told to Nina C George


“It’s a big day for the family and we have a stream of friends visiting us throughout the day. I help my mother make jaggery-based ‘obbattu’, which is a traditional dish. I love having it with ghee and milk. This is that time of the year when I don’t diet. Moreover, I eat almost all the sweets that are made on this day.”
Radhika Pandit

“It is a special day for me. I remember during my school and college days, I would look forward to a holiday on ‘Ugadi’. However, after I started working in the film industry, I’ve not been really particular about taking an off on ‘Ugadi.’ I celebrate it wherever I am, which could be either at home or on the sets. As for celebrations at home, my mother makes ‘pachadi from raw mangoes’ and ‘puran poli’ which are my favourite dishes on Ugadi.” 

Ragini Dwivedi

“I don’t really celebrate Ugadi but on the next day, ​the nine-day count for Navratri begins, which is a big festival for North Indians. So I start preparations for that. On Ugadi, I start my day with a ‘puja’. Since I am working this year,  I will be celebrating it on the sets.”

Shwetha Srivatsav

“My mother is a great cook, so I spend the day eating some of the choicest of traditional dishes. However busy each of us may be, we make it a point to meet and have lunch together which is usually spread out on a banana leaf. I wear a nine-yard sari which is as traditional as it can get. As a child, on Ugadi, I used to clean up the frontal of my house and draw a ‘kolam’ which I can’t do now. I miss those small things which used to give me a lot of happiness. We also feed the poor in an ashram near our house.”

Meghana Raj

“Except Christmas, we celebrate all the festivals in my grandmother’s house. We are all busy in our own way and festivals are the only time we actually get time to spend with each other. On every festival, we are all treated to some authentic Iyengar food in my grandmother’s house in Jayanagar. I am also flooded with a lot of wishes on my mail and Twitter which is really overwhelming.”  

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