It is Janmashtami again!\nAnd to honor Krishna, his love for home-made butter and his theft from the homes of neighboring Gopis, communities in many cities will put up the \u201cmatki\u2019 or clay pot filled with butter & other rewards. Hung at the height of several storeys between two buildings, the rewards tempt groups of young men to form human pyramids and break the matki.\n\nby Anupama Kinagi\n\nThis photo a moment before the climbing begins\u00a0\u00a0 (Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press) is the best I have ever seen!\n\nBombay must be high on the adrenalin pumped in by the Govinda-Ala-re boys! Outstanding acrobatic feats performed by teams of regular people who have no acrobatic background!\nAlthough today this is conducted as a team \u2013 an old painting suggests that\u00a0 the game was played differently in the 19th century \u2013 not as a team but by individuals:\n\n\nFrom the WOVENSOULS COLLECTION\nBundi, Rajasthan, 18th century, Depicting the Janmashtami festival celebrating the birth of Krishna. Gouache and gesso on paper, 290 x 160mm\nPerhaps it evolved and became a team event over the decades? If only we had more details about the evolution of traditions & cultural events!\n\u00a0\nBy Jaina Mishra\nBy wovensouls\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Govinda Ala Re at Janmashtami \u2013 an Indian Miniature Painting appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.