Jewellery made of halwa for Sankrant goes global

An intricately designed mangalsutra, a pair of bangles and a delicate nose-ring crafted out of halwa will be displayed at Halvyache Dagine Sankrant Kautuk Spardha 2010, contest started by city-based firm Patankar Khauwale.

For the contest, each participant who buys halwachaya dagine (jewellery of halwa) from the stalls has to send a photograph of him/her wearing the jewellery. The selected entries receive prize from the organisation. The contest is now going global with entries coming form Australia, Canada and the US as well.

The winning entries of last year's entries will be given prizes on November 29 at Balgandharva Rang Mandir.

In its 10th year, the competition was started by the Patankars to keep the traditional values alive. It is considered auspicious for the new bride and groom to wear this jewellery during Sankrant, which is gifted to them by their mothers-in-law. For making heavy jewellery, kaju and badam halwa along with pumpkin seeds and peanuts are used, whereas for lighter ones, sesame halwa is used.

"The contest is an effort to revive the tradition of wearing jewellery during Sankrant," said Ramesh Patankar, director, Patankar Khauwale, who are into making such jewellery since the last 50 years.

Though it took some time for the contest to gain popularity, last year there were over 400 entries from across the world and this year the number is higher than that.

"Many people buy these dagines for their relatives abroad," said Patankar. City-based Anuradha Pethe, who sent a pair of bangles, mangalsutra and earrings for her Boston-based daughter Anagha and a garland for her son-in-law, said the concept of celebrating Sankranti with halwa jewellery was appreciated a lot by Anagha's neighbours in Boston. "Some of them requested to send the jewellery next year," said Pethe.

Priced between Rs 30 and Rs 2,400, apart from jewellery, there are items for men too. For instance, when Shalini Mohite picked up few ornaments for her Kolhapur-based granddaughter Niharika Mane, she also bought a pagdi and a cellphone made of halwa for Niharika's husband.

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