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Vintage Tidbits – Maharashtrian Christening


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Date – November, 1961.

Related Category – Hindi Film Industry

Caption – Proud parents Rajnish Behl and Nutan with their son and heir, who was christened Mohnish Behl on Dassera Day.

Maharashtrian Christening

For Lt.-Commander Rajnish Bahl and Mrs. Bahl, film star Nutan to her fans, Dassera day 1961 was indeed a day to remember. It was a dual celebration for the young marrieds who celebrated their second wedding anniversary on this day, and it was also the auspicious day selected for the naming of their son and heir.

Proud grandmama Shobhana Samarth’s residence was gaily decorated with marigold and mango leaf garlands for what was a traditional Maharashtrian christening, when young master Bahl received the name of Mohanish.

Men folk normally are not included in this ceremony and the spear side of the family was represented by the young hero of the hour, his proud father and his equally proud grandfather, Kumar Sen Samarth.

Shobhana looked fresh and charming as she welcomed her guests, included among whom were close relations and a few friends, ladies of the film firmament including Mrs. Sumati Joglekar and her teenaged daughter, Mrs. Agha, Mrs. Trilok Kapur, Mrs. K. N. Singh, and Shubha Khote. Mohanish’s youthful aunties, Tanuja and Chatura, were busy looking after the guests.

The young mother looked ravishing in a gorgeous Banarasi sari, completely engrossed and a trifle anxious about her little son who happened to be running a slight temperature. It was only after the doctor had examined him and assured her that there was nothing to worry about, that Nutan allowed the ceremony to proceed.

To the accompaniment of festive music on the shehnai, Shobhana performed the “arati” and anointed the baby’s brow with kumkum, as Nutan picked up the baby and whispering his name “Mohanish” in his ear placed him in the cradle, underneath which the name had been spelled out in colorful rangoli. During the proceedings, Rajnish Bahl was busy recording the ceremony on film.

The guests were served delicious saffron flavored milk, plates of hot jaleebies and other dainties at the conclusion of the christening.

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