Sanai Chowghada players are back in demand

Neha Basudkar
Friday, 21 September 2018

Tupe said, “We are the fourth generation of Sanai Chowghada players. I started playing these instruments during my childhood. After the introduction of DJs, we were not preferred during festivities. Earlier, there was a huge demand as there was no choice other than the traditional music.”

Pune: DJs and Bollywood music had overshadowed traditional instrumental music till the last year during cultural events in the city, particularly in the 10-day Ganeshotsav. Later, District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat appealed to people to not play such western music during the Ganpati festival. Hence, Sanai Chowghada players are now back in demand from Ganesh mandals.

These traditional musicians have been playing these instruments for generations. For a few years, DJ music became popular. Commenting on the trend, Mahadev Tupe, who is a senior Sanai Chowghada expert, told Sakal Times, “Since DJ music has lost popularity during the cultural festivals, especially during the Ganesh festival, we are gaining back demand.”

Tupe said, “We are the fourth generation of Sanai Chowghada players. I started playing these instruments during my childhood. After the introduction of DJs, we were not preferred during festivities. Earlier, there was a huge demand as there was no choice other than the traditional music.”

“This year, mandals have been inviting us to play these instruments. I used to perform at the Sanjeevan Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal only. Now, other Ganesh mandals have requested us to perform during the immersion procession also,” Tupe added.

Another player, Dinesh Mavdikar said, “This year, I got the invitation to play at Alandi’s Vyapari Mitra Mandal. Every year, they used to play DJ music but this year, they called us for the first time to play Sanai and Chowghada. Every day, I get calls from mandals with requests to perform. Now, we have to plan accordingly.” 

Ramesh Adhav echoed similar views. He said, “We are getting invites to play Sanai Chowghada during the festival from various mandals, which have never approached us before.”

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