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Celebrating the Goddess with Utsava Maa in Rajasthan, India

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14 Responses

  1. Anjali says:

    Love it Namira… beautifully captured

  2. April says:

    What a great article Namita and how nice you were able to be part of this great event and meeting this wonderful people in person?

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Oh yes such a great way to meet so many interesting humans in one week in one little place! Thankful to Utsava Maa for the opportunity 🙂

  3. Cherrod says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience! I don’t know anything about this goddess or festival so it was very intriguing to read all about this! Also, that guitar player totally looks like you! haha

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      LOL yes even on my Instagram I’ve had people complimenting me on my singing after I posted that video you see in the beginning of this post 🙂 I suppose I should take that as a sign to pick up the guitar? Glad you enjoyed reading!

  4. Jackie S. says:

    I loved reading about your experience at the Utsava Maa Festival. It’s so inspiring to hear how women overcome their hardships and am now helping others through their nonprofit organizations. I’m now interested to learn more about these organizations, such as New Light. Congrats with also teaching your yoga class in Hindi!

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Thank you so much! The resilience of women is ever-inspiring. I’m glad I was able to pull off teaching in Hindi and I even enjoyed the flow of the language the more I got used to teaching in it 🙂 And yes do check out New Light next time you’re in India !

  5. This is such an interesting post. I rarely see so in-depth and authentic places and I love to see when people get involved in the local traditions. That is when you truly get to feel and understand a place, and also make true friends. The Kathak Performance looks absolutely incredible. I would have loved so much to take part in these ceremonies with you.

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Oh yes that would be wonderful if you could be part of this festival next year! Feel free to write me when you plan on doing that! It will be in the month of Feb 2021. Making real friends in a new place is probably the best part of travel. And those Kathak dancers are so graceful you have to see them to believe them. I was very moved by their performance that night. Thanks to this festival for bringing that magic to me and all of us in that tent 🙂

  6. Sara says:

    This experience sounds like it was so inspirational! I love to see events like this for women to get together, support each other, and learn new things. I would have loved to met Elizabeth Gilbert and actually just finished reading City of Girls. Thanks for sharing this lovely experience.

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Isn’t City of Girls just the most fun book ever? I loved all the hilarious and simultaneously profound sisterhood in that novel. And this festival was overflowing with so much sisterhood and we had Liz among us so that was a very cool turn of events! Hope you catch Liz on one of her tours around the world and maybe I’ll see you here in India as well someday!

  7. Stephen Bajek says:

    The Celebrating the Goddess with Utsava Maa in Rajasthan, India article is one of
    the best I have ever read!
    🙂 Congrats!

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