Playing dollu drum is a folk tradition: Musician

Koraga youths playing dollu drums at Mala village in Udupi district on Thursday.

Koraga youths playing dollu drums at Mala village in Udupi district on Thursday.  

Need to document unique aspects of Koragas stressed

The four-day residential workshop on various aspects of traditional ‘dollu’ drums for youth belonging to Koraga community, organised under the government’s Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) and Prachi organization, concluded here on Thursday.

As many as 15 youths from the Koraga community, mostly between 20 and 30 years, participated in the workshop.

Praveen D. Rao, musician and resource person of the workshop, said that the intention of the workshop was not to give any classical touch to the art of playing the traditional ‘dollu’ drums. It was a folk and vernacular tradition and would remain so, he said. The workshop documented this art. But this workshop was only a beginning on various aspects connected to the traditional ‘dollu’ drums. More such workshops were required on this matter, he said.

Sudharshan, a youth who participated in the workshop, said that they had got more understanding of various facets of the art at the workshop.

Purshotham Adve, artist and workshop organiser, said the basket weaving by members of the community should be documented.

All unique aspects of the community should be documented. A museum on various aspects connected with the Koraga community could be opened in Udupi, he said.

Ganesh, Koraga community leader, said that efforts were on to promote weaving of the baskets. Besides, talks were on with a management institute in Manipal on marketing these baskets. People of the community were also speaking in their language so that it did not become extinct, he said.

Nandakishore of Prachi organization, Pramath Kiran, percussionist, Varijashree Venugopal, flautist, Arun Kumar, Project Director, Nirmiti Kendra, Vishwanath, Manager, ITDP, were present.

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