PUNE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to flaunt a special pheta (traditional headgear) during his visit to Pune, whose design is inspired from popular Marathi historical TV serials Swarajya Rakshak Sambhaji and Swarajya Janani Jijamata.
This traditional Maharashtrian pheta is being prepared at Murudkar Zendewale and Phetewale in Budhwar Peth. As the election campaign picks up in the city, Modi is scheduled to visit Pune on October 17.
This pheta is made of silk-like textured fabric with exquisite zari work and the design is reminiscent of the Maratha king Shivaji’s era. Interestingly, TV series ‘Swarajya Rakshak Sambhaji’ stars Amol Kolhe of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as the main lead who is also the Member of Parliament from Shirur constituency.
“As Modiji is expected to visit soon, we have received an order to design a pheta for him. Since it is for PM, it has to be exclusive. Therefore, our research team brainstromed about several designs of which we have finalised one,” said Girish Murudkar, owner of Murudkar Zendewale and Phetewale.
“The material used and the embellishments give it a look from Shivaji’s era,” he said.
He further said, “As of now, there is trend of historical shows, so Modiji’s pheta is inspired from these TV shows as it will help in developing an instant connect with the people.”
Murudkar also mentioned that the colours of the pheta will be in green and ‘kesariya’ representing the colours of Bharatiya Janata Party and the focus has been to keep it sobre.
He said, “In our business, it is very important to be creative and therefore, when you are designing a pheta for Modiji, it has to be the best. We had also designed a pheta for him when he came to Pune for the Pune Metro function. hence, we know that he prefers sober headgears and not the gaudy ones.
Therefore, our focus is to design an exclusive but simple and sober pheta for him.”
He also mentioned that as there is still time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit so a minor modification may be done in the pheta to enhance its appearance and make it attractive.