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Tusu beats ring aloud

Tusu Parab was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in Jamshedpur on Monday, with a number of socio-cultural outfits organising a host of events to mark the occasion.

Jharkhand Sanskritik Kala Kendra organised Tusu fair at Domuhani in Sonari, playing true to their age-old tradition of hosting the mela at the same venue.

People from faraway villages flocked to the fair to participate in competitions of making idols of Tusu — the goddess of fertility and harvest — and chaural, a bamboo structure worshipped as a symbol of happiness.

The festive crescendo reached a high when politicians Sudhir Mahto, Ramdas Soren, Abha Mahto and Mohan Karmakar tapped their feet to the beats of tribal instruments at the fair, one of the biggest and most popular Tusu events in the steel city.

“Tusu Parab marks the harvest festival, when we forget everything and sway to the rhythm of madal. Music and dance are among the most important components of the festival. We have been organising this fair for many years and the enthusiasm never dips,” said Karmakar, president of Jharkhand Sanskritik Kala Kendra.

Be it lovebirds in cages or little toys, everything seemed to be on sale at the fair.

Among the most attractive aspects of the mela was the chaural competition, which drew participants from various blocks of the state and also from places afar like bordering areas of Bengal and Odisha.

Nearly 20 chaurals and 15 Tusu idols were in the fray for cash prizes.

The highest prize amount was Rs 21,000.

The faithful bathed in Subernarekha and Kharkai rivers early on Tuesday morning and many of them flocked to watch cockfights organised on Tusu Parab as a part of tradition by various socio-cultural outfits across the city.

On the other hand, social organisation Jharkhand Sanskritik Kala Rang Manch, Bhuiyandih, also celebrated the festival with usual fervour.

The outfit also organised a fair to mark the occasion.