Youngsters fine-tune their ‘dhol tasha’ beats as 11-day long Ganesh festival begins

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GAURAV PARDESHI
NASHIK: With the arrival of Lord Ganesha on Thursday, Nashikites have welcomed the Elephanta God amidst traditional gaiety & religious fervour, with much enthusiasm and excitement.

Traditional forms of instruments like Dhol Tasha (drum & cymbals) are now back to its tune following the ban on the much popular DJ music system last year by the government.
Standing by the government decision to ban louder music system of DJ, Asif Sheikh, a member of popular Dhol Tasha group ‘Chacha Bhatija Dhol Tasha Party’, said, “We play Dhol

Tasha since the last eleven years. Basically, I am from Shirpur in Dhule district. I came here to play only Dhol Tasha. On the guidelines of the high court, since last year the government has imposed restrictions on playing DJ and all other louder electrical instruments.”

Another group member Rahim Fakir said that he was looking at playing Dhol Tasha as a seasonal business and that he has arrived in the city to play Dhol Tasha for the next ten days during Ganesh festival.

“This year, so far, less rainfall has been recorded in our districts of Nandurbar and Dhule. As a result, we could not defend ourselves on agricultural farming and hence turned to play traditional forms of music like Dhol Tasha to fulfil our basic needs.

Currently, we are staying at Satpur Colony on a rental basis for the next fifteen days. After the Ganesh immersion, we will go back to our hometown,” Rahim said. Fakira Khatik, the owner of the Chacha Bhatija Dhol Tasha Party, said, “We could not do proper planning last year due to the ban on DJ.

However, this year we are fully prepared and have come up with all other instruments of traditional beats like Dhol Tasha, Sambhal, Pipani and other small instruments. Today, from morning till afternoon, we have earned about Rs 20,000. It’s a great earning since the last year.”

Another Dhol Tasha party Sai Prem which arrived here from Latur after facing acute water scarcity in their region is eyeing good business prospects in the city during this Ganesh festivities. “We have come from scarcity-hit Latur region due to the adverse farming conditions. We are expecting good turnover during this Ganesh festivities,” said Kiran Hiwale, hailing from Usturi village in Latur.

Ramnath Shevale of the Sai Prem who hails from Usmanabad, advocated the ban on the DJ saying that “Ban on DJ is welcomed. The decision is right as the DJ system is directly affecting the health of the people, particularly the small kids and old age persons due to noise pollution.

Ashok Gaidhani of Dhvaninad Dhol Tasha, who is from Vikhara in Shindkheda district added saying, “We are a group consisting of ten members. We are all bachelors and pursuing our education as well. For only today we have come to the city and will stay here till Bappa Visarjan. We are charging between Rs 500 and Rs 1000 for an hour to play Dhol Tasha. Today, we charged Rs 6000 for two hours’ playing of Dhol and Tasha.

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