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Culture department to attempt world record featuring Dhols

The culture department has organised a concert where more than 1,500 Dhol instrumentalists will perform. They are eyeing the Guinness World Records as the largest troupe to perform in tandem.

dehradun Updated: Aug 06, 2017 20:10 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Around 1,250 artists take to dhol beats syncronisation session on Saturday.
Around 1,250 artists take to dhol beats syncronisation session on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)

DEHRADUN: In an attempt to promote traditional musical instruments and culture, the culture department will hold a concert featuring more than 1,500 customary Dhol instrumentalists to get an entry in the Guinness World Records as the largest troupe to perform in tandem.

Although the dates of performance have not been finalised, around 1,250 traditional Dhol players are practising before they first perform before chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on August 9. This performance is likely to be held at Har -ki-Pauri. Around 250 more Dhol instrumentalists will join the practice session organized as a workshop in next two days.

“Dhol is a well known traditional instrument that carries significance with it apart from being played at marriages and other cultural ceremonies in hills. This is an attempt to bring all traditional dhol and damau instrumentalists to perform together for adhering worldwide recognition to their ancestral tradition and showcase a great aspect of culture,” said culture minister Satpal Maharaja, who inaugurated the workshop.

“Dhol instrumentalists have special significance as they set prelude to religious rituals in temples and they were a part of communication helping contact one village to another when human voices were unable to bridge the gap.”

Satpal said the first performance of Dhol artists will be held on August 9 coinciding with the Quit India Movement. These instrumentalists will also perform before the Prime Minister on his visit to lay foundation stone for the Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail Link Project.

“It’s an opportunity to register the importance and presence of our cultural instruments and entire community at a global platform. Performance will include synchronisation of all the ‘taals (beats) of Dhol and Damau from different parts of Uttarakhand,” said Pritam Bhartwan, a well known folk singer who is leading the workshop.

“All 1,500 performers will showcase themselves in traditional attire of hills on the days of final show... We will provide them clothing and logistics to upgrade their instruments,” said Beena Bhatt, director state culture department.