Kolkata still fancies ‘Dhaks’ over techno music during Durga Puja

November 14th, 2007 - 2:34 am ICT by admin  
‘Dhak Bajna’, the performance of playing drums to the rhythmic beat of the ‘Dhunuchi Nach’ before the Goddess, is an integral part of the festivities.

Dhakis, the drums players, are professionals, who have been in this business for several generations.

In Kolkata, capital of West Bengal, the state with the largest Bengali population, even a small pandal without a Dhaki or a Dhak Bajna performance is unimaginable.

Hindu mythology also states “dhaks” as an auspicious instrument during the worship of Goddess Durga.

Devotees who visit ‘pandals’ say that the sound of the ‘dhak’ has an electrifying effect.

“I like the sound of ‘dhak’. I simply love dancing to the beats,” said Sanchari Roy, a resident.

Many in Kolkata believe ‘Dhak and Dhak dance (Dhunuchi Nach) is an eloquent way of depicting the victory of good over evil.

“Though these days we have modern ways of enjoying such as music systems, but nothing can match up to the ‘dhak’. Every make-shift tent has a ‘dhak’, if not anything else,” said Surajit Roy, another resident.

During the celebration, several million devotees visit glittering pandals to pay their obeisance to idols of Goddess Durga.

Goddess Durga is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva.

The 10-day festival marks her fight with demon king Mahishashura and her eventual victory over him.

Goddess Durga is portrayed riding a lion, equipped with celestial weapons in her 10 arms, slaying Mahishashura who takes the form of a buffalo during the fight.

Legend has it that “Asuras” or demons from the nether world invaded heavens after a hundred years of war. The Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu then created Durga, the most powerful of all gods and goddesses, to vanquish the demons.

The Navratri festival, celebrated at the onset of spring and autumn, marks the period of special obeisance to the power of Goddess Durga, a manifestation of the Mother Goddess in Hindu mythology.

Hindus believe Goddess Durga descends on earth during Navratri to rid it of the demons from the netherworld and to bless her devotees with happiness and prosperity.

The nine days of Navratri stand for the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. (ANI)

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