The first inhabitants of Mumbai,the warmhearted Koli people worship Ekvira Devi who is also my family Goddess(and Avadhoot Gupte's also as we came to know later).At the entrance of the festival,they had constructed a mini-temple.
There were dried fish
Large size Surmai or Kingfish.
The highlight of the evening was meeting Avadhoot Gupte....he's my hero! Love his songs such as Meri Madhubala,Jai Jai Maharashtra and Vithala.His movie Zenda based on politics was a big hit.He very correctly pointed out that the venue had posters from all political parites yet once everyone was inside they were all Kolis united.Avdhoot Gupte loves fish and eats it on most days of the year.He told the Kolis that after mother's milk,his next staple was fish so he had them to thank for his survival.He also chanted a funny poem on his food habits versus his wife's.He also talked about Kande Pohe (which is served at the time a prospective groom sees a prospective bride in Maharashtrian households) and asked if fish was served instead when Kolis saw a would-be match.He then followed this with a song on Kande Pohe.
Amit said he loved everything about the festival!
The food tasted as good as it looked.I am hungry for more!
Avadhoot Gupte enthralled the crowds with his songs,other popular songs like Aika Dajiba and Kombdi Palali as well as Koli numbers like "Mee Hai Koli".He wore the Koli cap and lungi while performing the Koli songs.He asked the crowd if they wanted to hear rock and the crowd roared in approval! "Vithala" from his movie Zenda was the best perfomance...moved everyone! The song "Jai Jai Maharashtra Mazha" was the grand finale!