A procession of “seers” with a difference
For a voracious reader, the best gift could only be books. And that’s what her friends gave her in abundance at her wedding near here on Sunday.
Members of the Association of Progressive Writers and Artists of Tamil Nadu and the Democratic Youth Federation of India staged a procession to the wedding venue carrying dozens of books to be presented as a ‘seer’ (gift) .
Led by the State Honorary President of the Association, S. Tamil Selvan, they held a small procession in Ethirkottai. Men, women and children carried books in tambalams (traditional dish) with seems being read. After keeping all the books on stage, some of the books were given to the groom, S. Navaneethakannan, and the bride, Anitha.
“The Bride, a DYFI member and bookworm, regularly reviews new books,” said DYFI President N. Rejeesh Kumar.
Usually, pari, a traditional percussion instrument, is not played at weddings. “But, we wanted to break the rituals and play seemsthe musical instrument of the working class, during the procession,” Mr. Tamil Selvan said.
Mr Rejeesh said DYFI members never offered shawls or cash during weddings, only books. “This time we thought about making it a bit visible to raise awareness about reading.”
The Association had contacted the families of its members to break the rituals in order to bring equality at marriages. “We are not against rituals, but let’s make them even for men and women, as no bond of mangal sutra or the bride and groom who tie it up,” Mr. Tamil Selvam said.