The festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan evokes nostalgic feeling in a few, while others consider it a time for new beginnings

The festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan evokes nostalgic feeling in a few, while others consider it a time for new beginnings. Actor Shivaji Satam remembers the fragrance of the til gur his mother and late wife would prepare. For veteran actor Usha Nadkarni, the day before Sankranti, called Bhogi by Maharashtrians, remains vivid. “Maa used to put til in water and we would take a bath on Bhogi. On the day of Sankranti, we would offer til gur to the deities and have a haldi kumkum ceremony,” she recollects.

Flying kites is another element of Uttarayan that has sentimental value. “I’d be in charge of the firki for my brothers when I was a kid. My uncle nicknamed me Dheel,” laughs actor Renuka Shahane. While she remained in the background,…

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