Drumming their beats into the heart of the city

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NASHIK: With just 11 days left for the arrival of Ganeshotsav and to give a grand welcome to our favourite Ganpati Bappa, dhol pathaks in the city led by youngsters, men and women enthusiasts practising day-long with their troupe with their energetic performances.

New rhythms (taal) including Morya and Taal have been formed and practise is in full swing at open places, gardens and lawns across the city. Drum enthusiasts are eagerly joining the practice sessions from Monday to Friday by adjusting to their school, college and official time table and given their extra efforts on week end days.

The traditional Dhol Pathak of famous Gulalwadi Vyayamshala, a pride of the city, has carved a niche for itself. It is preparing for the festival on the beats of its traditional forms of drums, dhol and tasha.

Another emerging dhol pathak “Shivtaal” which has rapidly risen on the map of the city with its experimental forms of rhythms is practicing round the clock with girls leading from the front. One of the key features of the “Shivtaal” has been considerable presence of women participants.

This festival, the “Shivtaal” is to take out procession at College Road. With the festival getting nearer, the dhol troupes in the city are busy in composing their own music and experimenting to come up with new taals or beats which are relevant to the festival and people-friendly.
They are focusing on the music to be played in such a way that dancers from the pathak choreograph formations and dance with laziums.

Practising new rhythms
One of the main activities during Ganeshotsav is that of dhol tasha. We want to bring out unity and cultural significance of this festival through our performance. We are practising on traditional beats and experimenting new forms of rhythms, namely Pune’s Raman Baug besides Shivstuti, Aathbeat, Nashik Dhol, Sambhal, Morya and Taal.                                                                        -Arya Gaikwad

 

Girls in a lead role at Shivtaal”
With just eleven days left for the arrival of Ganpati Bappa, we have accelerated our efforts to bring rhythms to our dhol and tashas. We are experimenting new rhythms. One of the key features of the “Shivtaal” has been considerable presence of women participants and have been leading from the front. This festival, we are take out procession at College Road.
– Apoorva Jadhav

 

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