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Keeping the Tradition Alive

Famous artisan Babbu Khan gives final touches to "gulal gotas" ahead of Holi in Jaipur. "Gulal gota" is a thin layered lac container which is filled with 'gulal' or scented colored powder. On Holi this is thrown on people standing at a distance and when it breaks, the 'gulal' spreads all over the other person's body without causing any harm to him. During earlier days, it was extensively used by the royals who would ride on their horses and meander through the streets tossing 'gulal gotas' on the masses to mark Holi. Interestingly 'gulal gotas' are used by Hindus but have always been prepared by Muslim artisans.

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