Court order on loud music brings drummers back in fashion


"For the past year or so, our troupes are performing in immersion processions in Dusshera, Laxmi puja, Ganesh Puja and Khudurkuni puja," Sadangi said.

"In Laxmi Puja immersion processions, musical band parties ran the show till mid-night. Thereafter, they were withdrawn by the puja committee as per an administrative order. We took over till the Mrinmayas were immersed at the river ghat. Our performance lacked cacophony and an appreciative audience watched us performing," he said.

Explained puja organiser Harilal Agarwal, "Side by side with band parties, we had engaged the traditional dholki beaters. We paid regard to the 65 decibel ambient sound limits. After mid-night, drum beaters performed as the procession marched on," he said.

Researcher Basudev Das said, "It is heartening to note that the art is now beginning to get noticed in the rock music era.

"It's a melodious fusion of music and dance. This form of art needs to be patronised," he said.

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