Musician Sagar Patil started a group in early 2016, which now has 14 members - six women and eight men
Pune: As the Ganpati festival arrives, playing and listening to dhol tasha becomes a craze for Indians. But as the trend is picking up momentum, the Marathi community settled abroad is keeping the culture alive.
The dhol tasha pathaks of Pune are opening branches abroad. There are some individuals living abroad who miss the fun which takes place at every festival in India. Sagar Patil, a music composer started the first such pathak, ‘Trivikram Dhol Tasha Pathak’ in UAE in early 2016. “I have settled in Dubai since six years, but as I miss the Ganesh processions back in India I thought of starting up a dhol tasha pathak here in Dubai.”
Initially, there were only four members in the group and did their first performance on Makar Sankranti in the hall of Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai with two dhols, two tashas, one halgi and two zaanj. The performance received a huge response from the audience at the event. “After the first show, we received more members through Facebook and WhatsApp. Now there are 14 members consisting of six women and eight men,” he said.
“They include computer engineers, civil engineers, graphic designers and mechanical engineers,” Patil said.
The second performance was held at Global Village, a huge entertainment park with 30 pavilions each representing one country. In April 2017 there were 14 members in the group including Samadhan Kadam, Tushar Patole, Nishant Alurkar, Satish Pednekar and Ganesh Sawant among others. “After the performance at Global Village, some local youngsters in Dubai came to us as they wanted to play dhol tasha,” Patil said.
The practice session takes place at Sagar’s residence at Al Nahda. “Some of the instruments were available here while some were imported from India. While practising at my residence we suppress the sound so there is no disturbance,” Patil said. Pratik Bagade, an engineer in Dubai and a group member said, “This year I was added to the group through Facebook. I was earlier playing dhol in Pune from 2014 to 2016. We compose our own tunes as Sagar is a music composer.”