Drummers of Gurgaon
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An informal setting—a park where a group of music lovers assemble every fortnight with their musical instruments (mostly drums) and jam—that's what best describes the group, Gurgaon Drum Circles (GDC). Started in August this year by Kapil Syal, a photographer, GDC has now about more than 800 members on its Facebook page.
"Culturally, a lot of activities are happening in Gurgaon, there are art galleries and a theatre where plays are performed. It was just that on the musical front much wasn't happening. Drum Circles is an international phenomenon, a lot of places have such groups. There is one in Delhi too. So, the idea of having one for Gurgaon also came about," says 54-year-old Syal who was also a part of an informal band in Mumbai.
"Though it is called Drum Circles, we encourage people who play other instruments like guitar, table to come and take part in the sessions because essentially, music is all about expressing yourself irrespective of what instrument you are playing. One can also get empty water bottles or cans, those also create sounds. Music is therapeutic, it helps beat stress and provides a good form of entertainment for the people. For GDC, even people who don't play any instrument can come, they can clap and dance and enjoy themselves. It's something for which the entire family can come together and bond with other people too, says Syal."
Jamming sessions are held on alternate Sundays for two or two-and-a half hours before sunset at the Bio-Diversity Park, (near Guru Dronacharya Metro Station). People of all ages and from various backgrounds are a part of GDC. The youngest performer is an eight year-old-girl who is a tabla player.
Reema Ratan Jain, who stays in Ghaziabad and runs an expedition company, attends GDC sessions frequently. "What I like about GDC is that is a great family event and the atmosphere is so friendly. I get my daughter along too. Even though I stay in Ghaziabad, it is something that I look forward to and don't want to miss out on," she says.