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.