Anu Sithara’s secular Onam
Anu Sithara, a familiar face for Keralites through movies, has a different way of celebrating Onam.
“Onam is said to be celebrated without any separation of caste and religion. Literally, it is celebrated secularly at my home. My parents had inter-caste marriage. So, ‘Onasadya’ is prepared jointly by my grandmothers Shanthakumari and Rukhi. This year, my Onam is in my house in Wayanad. All relatives will gather here”, said Anu Sithara.
“As I got married, I have the opportunity to enjoy two types of Onasadya. Husband’s house is in Thiruvananthapuram. So, they prepare Onasadya in southern style. In my home, we prepare sadya in Malabar style. Non-veg variety of sadya in Malabar is my favourite. Sambar and Pachadi are the best-loved in sadya. Palpayasam is my dearest among payasams”, added the actress.
“After I became a film actress, I celebrated few Onams in movie locations. Preparing Onasadya by everyone and having it together was really beautiful. I still make ‘pookkalam’ like I did it in my childhood with my cousins and sisters”.
She continued that “Onasadya is prepared by elders at home. That day, I spend my time with children for games and never pay heed to kitchen. Once it gets ready to eat, I show my presence there. Long silk skirts were gifted on Onam during my childhood. Though I used to wear normal dress, wearing long silk skirts was exciting”.