A Drumming Jam Session India Style

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It was on a visit to Cape Town that I chanced upon a community drum cafe for the very first time. A place where you can hire yourself djembe (West-African drum) and casually drum away to your heart’s content alongside those similarly inclined, under the conductor’s guidance. A gentle rhythm at the onset by scores of flailing hands typically ends in a mind-numbing thunderous crescendo. Unimaginable sound. And experience. You don’t notice the redness or the stinging of the palms till much later…

So when I stumbled across the Delhi Drum Circle on Facebook, I couldn’t wait to check it out. I got that chance in December last while on a leisure trip to Delhi. A corner of the Deer Park was already resounding from the drum beats when my sister and I got there.

Not a large crowd, I thought to myself, as I found a vantage view point. There were all manner of percussion instruments from what I could see, including a dhol. And one fashioned entirely out of stainless steel utensils.

The crowd had swelled two circles deep as the drumming became more frenetic under Rakesh Mathur, the conductor that evening, and co-founder of the Delhi Drum Circle.

Soon the drummers were joined by a flutist; not much later, by a lady who danced away in gay abandon. By the time  I reluctantly peeled myself away, she was one with a large group of completely free-spirited beings… The jam session most definitely had a vibe. Next time, I hope to participate.

 

 

 

Puneet Sidhu
Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu, travel enthusiast and the author of Adrift: A junket junkie in Europe is the youngest of four siblings born into an aristocratic family of Punjab. Dogged in her resistance to conform, and with parental pressure easing sufficiently over the years, she had plenty of freedom of choice. And she chose travel.

She was born in Shimla, and spent her formative years at their home, Windsor Terrace, in Kasumpti while schooling at Convent of Jesus & Mary, Chelsea. The irrepressible wanderlust in her found her changing vocations midstream and she joined Singapore International Airlines to give wing to her passion. She has travelled extensively in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe, South Africa and SE Asia; simultaneously exploring the charms within India.

When she is not travelling, she is writing about it. Over the past decade or so, she has created an impressive writing repertoire for herself: as a columnist with Hindustan Times, as a book reviewer for The Tribune and as a contributor to travel magazines in India and overseas. Her work-in-progress, the documenting of colonial heritage along the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road, is an outcome of her long-standing romance with the Himalayas.

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One Response to A Drumming Jam Session India Style

  1. Lukesh August 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi Puneet ji,
    I think that this photograph www. cuttingloose.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2012-12-02-16.52.57.jpg is taken by you. So we want your permission to add this photo in on of our article about jamming in our magazine. Please reply soon.
    Regards,
    Lukesh

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