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Resonance of dhak, an integral and inseparable part of Durga Puja

Resonance of dhak, an integral and inseparable part of Durga Puja

Durga Puja is inseparable from 'dhakis' or drummers, whose resonating beats make the festival all the more joyous. In fact, puja is not complete without the beats of dhaks,specially made large drums that the dhakis hang around their necks and play with two thin sticks in any community or household puja. No aarti' can commence at any Puja pandals organised by Bengalis unless a dhaki starts playing the dhak as they form an integral part of this festival The beats of the dhak sends Bengal and much of eastern India into a Puja frenzy that is spiritual, cultural, social and material at the same time – worship, entertainment and business go hand in hand. The whole of Bengal waits for the Durga Puja which is one of the biggest annual social events in the world. Come autumn and the people yearn to listen to these beats that herald the festivity and conjure up its spectacle. Dhak – a traditional drum is an integral and inseparable part of the Durga Puja. It is through the mystic and rhythmic beats of the dhak by dhakis the coming of Maa Durga to her children from her celestial abode is announced. The Dhak is a percussion instrument whose barrel like body is made of mango wood and covered on two ends with cow hide or goat skin. Like the art of making a Dhak, the nuances of playing the “Dhak” is also transferred from one generation to another of the “Dhaki”. MORE UNI BM SJC

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