Jai Ho-famed Oscar winner A R Rahman’s team will be in Meghalaya to record the beats of the 100-drums Wangala Festival, a part of which will be included in the composition being prepared for the opening ceremony of next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The 100-drums Wangala Festival, the biggest celebration of the Garos in Meghalaya, will commence from tomorrow at Asanang in West Garo Hills district.
West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said that music maestro Rahman has decided to include the Wangala drum beats in his composition as the only representation from Northeast India.
He said that troupes from neighbouring Bangladesh, where there is a good chunk of Garo populace, are also expected to participate in the festival.
The two-day harvest festival will witness Wangala troupes drawn from different parts of Garo Hills. Young and old dressed in their colourful traditional attire with feathered headgear will dance to the tune of music played on long, oval-shaped drums (Dama).