Saturday, October 17, 2009

The music from Shehnai



Its Diwali and this duo with their Shehnai kept roaming around the streets to appease the residents and earn something in the bargain.
The Shehnai is an aerophonic instrument which is thought to bring good luck, and as a result, is widely used in India for marriages and processions.
When he saw me clicking, he was all the more eager to play it louder. The main Shehnai is accompanied by the smaller one (which he said produces the “sur”) I saw that this boy’s cheeks were permanently puffed. No doubt its good exercise for the lungs but I wondered how he must be feeling at the end of the day.
I showed them what I had clicked through my LED screen, but they were more interested in what I would give them in the name of “Panduranga”
I slipped in something generously as I believe that music makers should be blessed as they make others happy.

8 comments:

Nostalgia said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures it reminds me so much of home. Happy Diwali!

G said...

How sweet? Where in Pune do you stay? I mean which part of the city exactly do these people come playing their shehnais?

Haddock said...

Where do I stay? Off Salinkhe Vihar Rd., behind ABC Farms.
As for the shehnai players they keep roaming in all the small gullis of Pune I suppose. But usually its early morning so that the external din is less.

G said...

Hey I once lived in wanowrie. And I used to come to salunkhe Vihar many a times. :)

Garima Mishra said...

Hi, I am journalist, how can i get in touch with these guys?

Haddock said...

Hi Garima, if you are from Pune, then I will direct them to you when I meet them next. The last time I heard them was last week (during Diwali)

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