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Importance of Dhol-Tasha in Ganesh Festival

One of the most important part of the Ganesh festival is the Dhol & music systems thatare played both, at time of bringing the idol to the mandap and also during the visarjan.The Band groups consisted of different number of people and different kinds of instruments.They can also be classified on the basis of the style of playing. The band is normally played both at the time of Sthapna as well as on day of visarjan.The prices charged by the Dhol troupe varies for each day. Based on the distance as well as thetime of playing the prices are fixed with the customer.

Generally, for small Individual Ganpati a group of individuals or small group plays and chargesbetween 2000/- 10,000 depending on the group size. This also depends on the day on which theDhol is played. Individual Ganpati visarjan on 1day, 3day, 5 day 7 day etc are charged differently 16

The groups with dance troupe or lezium generally consists of localites who play everyyear. The dance troupe or lezium players belong to a different group who work in collaborationwith them.However, with this research we also found that some of the groups of people come from Pune,Nasik to play specially for the 11days of Ganpati Festival from their villages to make goodearnings.These players at times carry their own Dhol and other instruments or may be workunder a local Band. They were found to be agriculture and factory labourers who come down toMumbai as these days are high earning days for them.

They rent out halls at cheap pricesranging from Rs.2000/-- Rs.5000/- for their 11 days of stay and cook their own food. Thecollections collected by them during the processions also becomes an additional revenuegenerator. At times the groups earn more from these collections than the amount they charge.The more crowd the can get attention the more beneficial it proves for them.Besides the direct charges, all the bands receive a lot of share in form of the collections givenover by the people when the dance.However, one of the key finding was that some of the big groups were fixed players for Ganpatipandals and had been playing for them over the years. These groups earn a good amountranging from 50000- 1, 50,000.However, a surprising fact was the new competition to the bands, dhol groups. The newcompetition was the Dj systems being played in replacement to the dhol or alternate to thedhol.The Dj system costs Rs. 1lac and the deadline for playing it is normally till 12 midnite.This is a new trend that is evolving amongst the pandals.

The lighting systems on support costaround Rs. 1.25 lac for the night of visarjan.The Dj systems used are also two kinds. One type is the Dj played only at the mandap.This involves only Dj system fixed at the mandap with lighting effect made available. It involves aregular DJ Professional- normally plays for specific parties) and assistants regular to the DJ). 17 This DJ charges around Rs.20,000/- for the visarjan night and plays for approximately 4 hours till midnight.The other type of DJ is movable DJ that moves with the Visarjan truck and provides forlighting effects to the procession. This DJ system costs 1lac for the night and the lighting effectsarranged on the trucks cost atleast Rs. 1.25 lac in rent.A big generator van normally has basic cost Rs 2000 + Rs. 1800/hour but on visarjan day a fixedprice of Rs.
30000/- is charged. Some mandaps have the dhol sponsored by individuals so thecost of the dhol becomes free to the mandals.

This DJ charges around Rs.20,000/- for the visarjan night and plays for approximately 4 hours till midnight.The other type of DJ is movable DJ that moves with the Visarjan truck and provides forlighting effects to the procession. This DJ system costs 1lac for the night and the lighting effectsarranged on the trucks cost atleast Rs. 1.25 lac in rent.A big generator van normally has basic cost Rs 2000 + Rs. 1800/hour but on visarjan day a fixedprice of Rs.30000/- is charged. Some mandaps have the dhol sponsored by individuals so thecost of the dhol becomes free to the mandals.

written by : kasturi shinde
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