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Dhak: The Sound of Durga Pujo Monday, 21 September, 2009

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This is the first of the series about some of the cultural traditions of Durga Pujo. This year, at the onset of Pujo, I though of sharing some of my old videos.

The sound of Dhak is an inseparable element of Durga Pujo. When the Dhakis (the dummer) hit their sticks on the drum, the unique beat fills the air and creates an atmosphere of joy, mileu and harmony. The gradually rising tempo signifies the mood of the Pujo and the of euphoria of celebration . The video captures some  samples from my neighourhood Pujo in 2007.

Other noticeable features in the video include Uttam Kumar‘s portrait, the famous Apu- Durga train scene from Satyajit Ray‘s Pather Panchali, Jamini Roy‘s painting etc.

In the forthcoming posts I would to capture Dhunuchi Naach (the  special dance with the  Dhunuchhi), Baul Gaan and some more.

Wish you all a very joyous and memorable festive season !

On the context, I found this outstanding student animation work on you tube. by Rajesh Chakraborty, which captures the esssence of Durapujo beautifully. Loved the concept and artwork.

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1. kaushik - Monday, 21 September, 2009

I’ll have to stay @B’lore during this Puja …. but, I’ve already started feeling better going thru’ ur post …. and look forward to your coming contributions on this subject!!! Have a nice and enjoyable Dasshera!
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~uh~™: Thanks ! wish you a happy pujo too. Am very eager to have a discussion on the Baul gaan post- so be there.

kaushik - Monday, 21 September, 2009

… and, yes the video on dhak makes me feel nostalgic and the one from U-Tube is excellent!
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~uh~™: Osadharon concept na !

2. le embrouille blogueur - Tuesday, 22 September, 2009

You have been awarded and tagged by me ….
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~uh~™: hmmm thanks…u guys keep me busy :p

3. orkut greetings - Tuesday, 22 September, 2009

Happy Durga Puja 2009 to all

4. orkut scraps - Tuesday, 22 September, 2009

nice collection of video
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~uh~™: Thanks, happy pujo wishes to you too !

5. alok - Thursday, 24 September, 2009

what a lovely lovely flavor of pujo …..i loved the artist impression of the same simply mindblowing …..kolkata mone pode gailo
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~uh~™: 🙂

6. alok - Thursday, 24 September, 2009

dhaaker neshaa 😀 want to coin this one
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~uh~™ : Good one; dhaker nesha bbhalobasa !

7. whatsinaname - Monday, 28 September, 2009

That was lovely. Have seen this dhol only in movies.
This reminds me of the panchavadyam of Kerala. Thats equally memerising and is played in temples only.!
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~uh~™: Technically Dhak is different from dhol. YOu have never visited a Durga Puja pandal in your life ? :O

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