Reverberations in sync with rhythmic tribal culture

Reverberations in sync with rhythmic tribal culture
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The Indian tribal percussion instrument, often played during Kommu tribal dance, has a significant place during the events good or bad taking place in the Agency villages on the fringes of the forests. It is no exaggeration to say that we never come across a single village without ever having the musical instrument.

Kothagudem: The Indian tribal percussion instrument, often played during Kommu tribal dance, has a significant place during the events good or bad taking place in the Agency villages on the fringes of the forests. It is no exaggeration to say that we never come across a single village without ever having the musical instrument.

The musical instruments are made in Bakkachintalapadu village of Charla mandal in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district. The wood workers creating the instrument are attracting the attention of one and all with their skill in carving the wood to produce Dolu. Besides Bakkachintalapadu, making of the instruments is a regular activity in Yerrampadu, Chennapuram, Kurnapalli, Noonuguppa, Chennapuram and Bodanelli tribal hamlets.

The wood that goes into making of the music instruments is called as Gummadi Teak, a rare species found in forests. It will take at least 10 to 15 times to create one percussion instrument out of the tree trunk. During summer, the workers are engaged in making the instrument.

The instruments are used during Kommu tribal dance in urban and rural areas. The instrument adds rhythm to the colourful dance. Talking to The Hans India, tribals making the instrument Madakam Idapa and Madakam Bheemaiah said that the instrument is played during the tribal fairs, weddings and funeral processions.

By P V Satyanarayana

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