10,000 tablas decorate puja pandal

Preserving tradition

 
Tablas and a scene from the Mahabharata have been used to decorate a Durga puja pandal in Kolkata. DH photoA group of artists in the city has come together to offer a magical blend of theme and their concern for tradition by decorating the pandal using nearly 10,000 tablas, on the occasion of Durga Puja. The tablas have been used in various formations to decorate the pandal from inside and outside. The aim is to catch the imagination of the large number of devotees and visitors who have been thronging the pandal on the occasion.

The organisers—Raipur Durga Puja Committee—in the Ramgarh area of south Kolkata, claim that the objective is to use tablas in order to popularise it among the youth. The group has already won accolades in 2007, for its dry fruit-based pandal and again in 2008 for a beautiful pandal comprising conch shells. “This year we have chosen tabla to showcase the tradition of Indian music.

People nowadays are going away from traditional Indian music. The younger generation is interested more in the western beats and sounds than the traditional  instruments. So to bring them back to the roots of India, we have used the tabla theme. The organisers have created scenes taken from the Mahabharata, to create a feeling of religious ambience and send a message: tablas have been in use since the days of the Mahabharata.

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