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Wednesday, July 18, 2001






Keeping beat with a fading music
MONDAY mornings are reserved for Lord Shiva with the lavani singers and dancers of Modnim village, Mada taluka, Solapur district, in Maharashtra, praying to the Lord or visiting his temple.

Low wages -- no wages, that's no choice
``In Solapur, a woman has to know the art of rolling beedis to get married,'' says Balu Ganapat Pol, a muccadam in a powerloom outfit in Solapur. With most of the big textile mills closed and half the powerlooms making bed-sheets and towels shut, it is b eedi rolling by the women folk keeps that keeps the economy going.

Is there hope?
WHEN Arjun Gajanan Musle pleaded with us to make a trip to an area where devadasis (sex workers) stay in Solapur, Paul and I were not quite enthusiastic. Yet we went along as Musle had taken the trouble to help us to see quite a bit of Kurudwadi, Pandhar pur and Solapur.

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