Mumbai celebrates Krishna\u2019s birthday with a dramatic ritual sport : making human pyramids to reach and break a pot of milk that is suspended high between two buildings.\nKrishna stole milk and home-churned butter from the neighbourhood housewives and this ritual sport re-enacts that act of mischief.\nKrishna\u2019s \u2013 is a human avatar of Vishnu \u2013 and to demonstrate his humanness, there are many legends about his petty thefts and his flirtations. In his case, given the rest of his strengths, these little black marks are endearing.\nAnd so the city celebrates the birthday with \u201cDahi-Handi\u2019 in almost every neighbourhood.\nSome are sponsored by local politicians but many are just organised by local people.\nPrize money for a handi as high as 3 floors may be as little as Rs. 3000. And yet many groups come and try their luck and skill at breaking these pots.\nCrowded roads filled with buses, rickshaws and people come to a standstill to watch the \u201cgovinda\u2019s\u201d make attempt after attempt to break the handi or pot.\nA video of an unsuccessful attempt in a locality near my home\n\nThe post Mumbai says Happy Birthday Krishna 2012! appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.