Waking up to the beats of the dhaak is one of the biggest symbols of Durga Puja. But playing the dhaak (large double-sided drum played with sticks )at Durga Puja pandal has always been traditionally considered a man’s domain. But these group of women has broken the shackles to create their own beats.
A group of professionally trained women dhaakis from Kolkata enthralled the visitors in Karimganj district of Assam on October 5th, 2019. The three women were seen synchronizing and stirring up fervour and ardour of the festival with the intensity of their drumming at Aparajit Club’s puja pandal.
“We are invited to different pandals across the country. It feels great to stand equally with men. People love to see us play and dance,” said one of the women dhaaki.
Dhaak is considered to be the most popular and loved of all drums. It is generally played by men called dhaakis.
The playing of drums is an important part of Durga Puja like the famous dhunuchi naach, where performers light up coconut husk and incense and dance to the beats of dhaak.
“It takes a great amount of strength to carry the large drum around the shoulder while drumming and dancing as well. Since it is said that women are physically not as strong as men, we are spellbound to see their energy,” said one of the visitors.