Short film capturing the vibrancy of dhol tasha pathaks released

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Pune: In a bid to relive the vibrancy of dhol tasha pathaks, the rhythm of which largely resonates on the final immersion day in the city, Destylio Communication and Design has released a 20-minute film titled ‘Gajar’ that focuses on the emerging rhythms of dhol tasha over the years.

Pune: In a bid to relive the vibrancy of dhol tasha pathaks, the rhythm of which largely resonates on the final immersion day in the city, Destylio Communication and Design has released a 20-minute film titled ‘Gajar’ that focuses on the emerging rhythms of dhol tasha over the years.

This documentary traces the history of dhol tasha, through the experiences of significant people like Ram Dimble, Sanskrit Professor of Jnana Prabodhini and member of the first dhol tasha pathak, Rajan Ghanekar, stalwart in the original style of tasha, Shirish Thithe, former dhol tasha exponent and founder of Shivagarjana, have stood testimony to this journey over the years.

It is a visual representation that celebrates the dedication and passion of the players. It narrates the story of every participant and their passion towards the musical instrument. 

“The energy, the passion, the rhythm is something that’s difficult for me to express in words. You need strong hands to beat the drums that reverberate in high power. Dhol tasha is a significant integral part of Ganesh Festival and we want to feature the efforts taken by the participants in bringing the musical and visual treat for us,” said Rima Bichu, co-maker of the film.

“I am brought up in Pune and have known the traditional culture of Ganeshotsav closely. Although the pathaks have grown significantly in the last decade, somewhere it lacks the originality in the rhythm. We are trying to reinstate the similar feeling of listening to dhol tasha and preserve the old tradition of Maharashtra through this video,” added Bichu at a press meet on Saturday.

In the video, the senior players of dhol tasha have expressed their dismay over the changing trends, however they have appreciated the rising new talent in the city. It has also highlighted the increasing number of women participating in the procession over the years. 

Speaking about the making of the video and their journey, Hrishikesh Bichu, Co-Founder and Director said, “This was our first attempt. Our main motive was to capture the live sounds of drumming, player’s energy, the vibrant environment, crowd etc to bring the real feeling among audience. We shot for over 72 hours to capture this 20-minute film. It was a different experience covering it live and also we learned many things in 
the process.”

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