Tuesday, 20 July 2010

tonsured handsomes

Yul Brynner and Telly Savalas, have made the shining head a charm with handsomeness, on screen, from Ten Commandments and the Dirty Dozen.

Locally we have Thuglak editor and actor advocate Cho Ramaswamy, a sharp courageous mind with the same style.

Tonsuring the head is a tradition in Tamil Nadu now as an offering to a ritual to bargain for gifts from the unknown with self sacrifice of the hair do.

I have always felt that it is not a local phenomenon, but an acquired carry on from the oriental Chinese through the Himalayas into Palani from the Taoist pilgrims.

Our south Indian Siddars have always been known to grow (jadamudi) long hair let downs,tonsuring the head was never in the paintings or sculptures.

Now most Hindu temples seem to have a place for the barber who tonsures the screaming children and the religious elders for a sum of careful nicking with new sterile blades.

It is one link between the spiritualistic minded and the materialistic religious ones.

The meditative ones find similarities of the mind and hair, and feel they can be with out this and so that too, wonderful comparison.

Behind all this is a thriving business of hair trade and wigs.

May all be blessed with what they seek, with equal returns.

1 comment:

Yoda said...

Loved Yul Brynner as a kid.:)
Persis Khambatta probably led the women in hairless splendour - another unforgettable face.