BHOPAL: The ‘Exhibit of the Month’ at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya for December is “Zazir”, a paper messy replica of traditional smoking pipe from Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. It is on display in Veethi Sankul. The ‘exhibit of the month’ was inaugurated by DS Rao, (head of the office, IGRMS).
Present exhibit is a specimen representing indigenously made water based smoking instrument. Locally known as Zazir in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, it is used by both men and women. Men of same caste or sub-caste gather around in evening to share a common Zazir where they share and discuss social and other village matters. In other parts of India especially Haryana and Rajasthan it is customary to offer Zazir to the guest where it is considered as a part of hospitality. Zazir became a popular smoking instrument in the areas where the Mughals had strong influence. Following popularity among noblemen, this new smoking device soon became a status symbol for the Indian aristocracy and gentry. Presently Zazir is used as a decorative item by the people.