BELAGAVI: With Ganesha festival starting Monday, one can see the excitement and enthusiasm among the people of Belagavi. Joining the excitement is a troupe of women eagerly waiting to welcome Lord Ganesha with the loud sound of dhol.
Police have banned Dolby sound systems following reports that it is harmful to people with heart problems.
This has forced Ganesha mandals to seek alternative music and the traditional dhol and tasha have come to their help. Not that these traditional instruments were not in use in the past, but very few mandals used to play them. There are many teams which play these traditional instruments and normally boys play them. But Jagadamba Tal Group from Tilakawadi, is an exception as it is an all-woman team.
The group, formed in 2011, has been playing dhol and tasha during Ganesha festival since then. When the Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Mandal of Mangalwar Peth and Somwar Peth in Tilakwadi started installing Ganesha idols in 2011, the women of the area came together and formed the troupe.
Speaking to TOI, Vidhya Hangirgekar, the troupe head, said: “We realized the harmful effects of music played on Dolby systems. So we decided to start this team. It not only helps avoid nuisance at public places but also popularizes our ancient musical instruments.”
Started with 12 women, the team has 64 members from 12-55 age group and includes housewives and working women. It plans to experiment with other traditional instruments. Amarnath Reddy, DCP (crime), said that anybody found playing Dolby system will be booked.