Until August, Parul Arora did not know how to wear a sari or have his own. The Ambala-based fitness trainer was very comfortable with sports. But then he decided to try some lumps with a sari borrowed from a friend. Videos of the boy making the wheelbarrows work in six yards not only spread but also gained a clap from the iconic Nadia Comaneci. “I wanted to counteract the idea that girls wearing saris are weak and modest,” said 24-year-old Arora.
Whether Arora’s gravitational force despises the stunts or push-ups of actor Gul Panag in cotton sari, a growing number of women are challenging the idea that the sari is a depressing garment that is unsuitable for modern life.
I wanted to challenge the idea that girls wear saris are weak and dignified
A few years ago, Hyderabad engineer Jayanthi Sampathkumar looked at a large collection of handloom saris in his closet and promised to wear them more often. In 2017, at the age of 44, she set the Guinness World Record for a fast-paced marathon wearing a hand-lifting sari. She still runs all social events in a sari, and even trains at one from time to time. “It’s about learning how to tie a sari so it’s easy to run,” he said.
Google’s staff usually chooses ikats dressed in trouser-like Meenakshi drape or Madisar style with nine stripes, both of which do not require a petticoat. “It all depends on your level of comfort. If you are used to saris, you should not be ashamed or think that you only need sports clothes to run, ”he said.
Sampathkumar’s record was broken by another runner named Kranti Salvi, 52, who ran in a nine-yard red silk suit worn in the 2018 Nauvari Maharashtrian dhoti bin in Berlin. “Running in Nauvari is much more comfortable than Nivi (the most common drape) because you need to have both legs for free,” he said.
Milind Soman’s Pinkathon also organizes sari runs to raise awareness of women’s health. In Bengaluru, local jogging team Jayanagar Jaguars has been organizing sari runs every year since 2016 (except for 2020 thanks to Covid) to encourage more women to focus on fitness. “Our idea is that cultural culture should not prevent women from entering the body, and running is a cheap way to start,” said coach Pramod Deshpande. Since its launch, the number of participants has grown from 30 to 1,000 in 2019.
There is no work that seems to surpass these sarilovers. A few years ago, actress Adah Sharma posted videos making traditional art, making metal lifting lines for clubs called mudgals, and cartwheels at sea. He says that many types of martial arts like silambam are taught by sari so it just came to him. Plus, one can make any outfit when you’re ready for your skill and be confident in what you’re doing.
Sitalital Mahajan, a high school athlete from Pune, admits that she had doubts about skating in Nauvari when her mother first suggested it but became the first woman to ski in 2018. She said that she wanted to show that Indian women know anything in the world, even sari skiing. In fact, he felt that wearing a ski harness at Nauvari (carefully attached and engraved) was more comfortable than his usual ski suit because of its seating.
In a recent video in the blood, Delhi dancer Eshna Kutty was seen squeezing her song Genda Phool wearing comfortable cotton and sneakers, tights and a sports bottle. “My goal was to make the organization look simple, and to convey that clothing should not be limited,” Kutty said. While some movements like separation do not happen with a sari, he adds: “After I jump 20 times it will be more relaxed and more comfortable – it’s nice that it fits the body on its own.” Kutty used #sareeflow to make hula hooping visible in India.
Ramya Rao of Mumbai and his twin Kavea have been wearing saris since they were five years old and often ride and ride bicycles. Rao says that is not a big deal because they saw their mother and grandmother in Andhra Pradesh doing it.
Rao who owns the handloom sari brand Kalaneca and her sister said that In rural areas, women go, work and do everything with saris,” said Rao, who owns the handloom sari brand Kalaneca and her sister. He also said that it is a way of life in Barat but now it is changing in India as well. Recently, they shared a video of their travels and zipped on a screen similar to Andhra drape called Boggili Post Office Kattukoddam without petticoats and pins, paired with T-shirts.
Rao says one of the reasons the new generation is unhappy with the saris is because they only know the standard Nivi drape. “It looks like a traditional dress associated with motherhood and harmony,” she said. Rao said that If you don’t treat it right, people will comment on how you dressed inappropriately. Instead, he has advised the people to try drapes and various styles. He said that they believe in the saris’ vision as the six pillars of freedom. You can be anyone you want to be in the sari.