EXPLORING THE TRADITION OF DHOL - TASHA WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO PUNE CITY 2014-15’

Priyanka Amod Patwardhan

Abstract


The paper explores the traditional art form of Dhol Tasha performed during the Ganeshotsav in Pune city. This tradition is an inherent part of the Ganeshotsav processions especially followed during public or societal ‘Prathisthapana’ (installation) and ‘Visarjan’ (submersion). It is essentially a group performance, where the groups or troupes are known as the ‘Dhol –Tasha  Pathaks’ It is a festive seasonal activity eagerly participated in by the children, youth, working,  professionals, housewives and retired citizens of all castes and creed alike. Participation is free without restrictions of religion, age or gender where no one asks you for any other identity apart from your name. It embodies unity in diversity and promotes channelization, focus and discipline. The purpose of this paper is to understand the socio –economic impact of this traditional art form. The paper is based on primary data collected through a structured questionnaire using snow-ball method of sampling. The sample is purposive and the questions are situation and locale specific. It also includes focussed individual interviews excerpts which represent all the related and peripheral activities.   This paper is exploratory in nature and as such has no working hypothesis. An effort has been made to analyse and encompass several equally pertinent lateral issues like environmental, legal, social, philosophical, religious and economic repercussions of the Dhol –Tasha Processions.

 


Keywords


Ganeshotsav, Dhol –Tasha, Pathak, Cultural Tradition, Socio-Economic Impact

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