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  1. nisha b at | | Reply

    #OOT, What’s a half saree function? Is it the function held when a girl reaches puberty?
    Anushka looks good among the three ladies..

    1. Asha at | | Reply

      ye gods, people still do that?

      1. Riri at | | Reply

        Yes! they still do it. Noting to be embarrassed off. It’s the sweet sixteen of the east.

    2. Riri at | | Reply

      No it’s not .This is langa voni (half – saree) function . Google the difference .

      1. Ik at | | Reply

        What’s the difference? Googled it, found it as puberty function

    3. Su at | | Reply

      Nope.. in andhra they do it at the age of 11 or 13 based on convenience for both boys and girls.. for a boy it is called dhothi function for a girl it is called half saree function :)

      1. Sup at | | Reply

        Its all about hitting puberty, whatever the name.
        Sweet 16 is very different and a tad late for that.

  2. Sapphire at | | Reply

    Anushka Shetty (the warrior princess) looks awesome and lovely. Hamsa looks nice too.

  3. Abby at | | Reply

    Its ridiculous that puberty functions happen even these days…embarrassing

    1. Niru at | | Reply

      Half saree function is not puberty function. In Telangana they don’t do half saree functions. They do saree function for girls when they reach age 10 and dhoti function for boys. But they are not mandatory. Not everybody does them. Nothing to be embarrassed by these functions. They need an occasion to celebrate and feast, that’s it.

    2. Hansini at | | Reply

      Really, for whom? A community gathering together celebrating the coming of age of a girl or boy? See it in the light of a time when physiological changes were not eeks, or www but were greeted with cheer and love and were announced from the roof tops. Baptisms, quinceanara, debut balls, navjot, thread ceremonies, langa voni, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs these are ocassions from people in a given community to gather and greet the newest member. Do try and get over yourself.

      1. Aran at | | Reply

        Perfect reply. These functions are in all cultures.
        Wish I could Upvote your reply.

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      2. kasthuri at | | Reply

        I agree. Happen everywhere. Some girls love it even after they turn adults. It tells them that they are no longer children and need to be a little more ladylike.

  4. sharmila at | | Reply

    anushka shetty looks awesome in saree

  5. Avani at | | Reply

    Half-saree function does not make quite the sense anymore. Pavda Dhavanis(half-sarees) are now worn by even brides for the wedding, pretty much by anyone in any age group. Just a reason to burn cash I guess. :P Hamsa looks lovely. Ms.Manchu tries to wear everything in her dresser at one go. lol.

    1. begumbrown at | | Reply

      Right Avani, same thought about Ms. Manchu. More is always less for her.

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  6. Shreya at | | Reply

    Instead of criticising this function, isn’t it great to see our culture celebrating a girls coming of age, instead of treating it as something shameful to be hidden.

    1. Gowri at | | Reply

      Thank you! Someone spoke some sense..

  7. RDM at | | Reply

    Leaving the function reasoning behind .. out of the 3 :: Manchu scares me as usual, Hamsa’s saree has a lot of jarring colors (or maybe it’s the pic) and Anushka looks the most decent.

  8. yasoda at | | Reply

    Half saree function is called ‘Voni panduga’ , only telugu people do it. It is a coming of age celebration, done mostly when the girl turns 11 and some times at 13 years of age. No this is not a party to celebrate puberty. At puberty the mom and aunts feed the girl special sweets and bless her. They pray to god to give her a good husband. This is a very intimate in the house thing. The half saree or oni function is a celebration, usually do it at 11 before the girl attains puberty.

  9. Srilaxmi at | | Reply

    I am a telugu…and i totally inderstand the concept of voni function…it is an announcement of girls puberty or coming of age…never can come to terms with it…

  10. Deepa at | | Reply

    Anushka looks lovely, so does Hamsa Nandini. Lakshmi looks beautiful too, very radiant..

  11. Latha at | | Reply

    Anushka’s saree is by my friend Shravan Ramaswamy of Hyderabad. He works with weavers from all parts of India..:-) Good to see his saree posted here.

  12. Webhin at | | Reply

    Perfect look in half sarees but if they were using handbags then look better…

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