An Evening at Delhi Drum Circle

By Bhuvi M

I’d a chance to come across some of the pictures of this circle on a friend’s post more than two years back. Intriguing and appealing it had been to me since then. Had never got an opportunity to reach out, hear and watch their jamming session. It was a great opportunity when one of my activity groups, posted an event to spend an evening hearing this community playing. There was no second thought; I was attending this jam session without fail. Exalted to be the audience of Delhi Drum Circle at Hauz Khas Deer Park, New Delhi on a spring evening, I ensured to reach the park in time. A long ride of metro and then a joyride of auto rickshaw (after negotiating with three auto rickshaw drivers) helped me be there just in time.

This is a wonderful casual, non-commercial community based drumming group which gathers to play their drums every fortnight in the park. It is all about playing drums, djembe, tabla, dholaks, daf as well as other instruments as afuche, flute, didgeridoo, shankh. It draws people from all ages, nationality and walks of life who love to play and enjoy music. A beginner, an amateur and a professional, all play, learn and improve here together. The drum circle members happily lend their instruments to interested audience to play increasing participation.

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The members start to play the drums warming up for the jam session. As time proceeds, rhythm increases, more members join with their instruments and audiences add on to the green corner of the park. As the drumming progresses; body, mind & soul receives an ethereal gift of sound waves and begins assimilating it. Soon playing intensifies, the entire environment gets engrossed in the rhythm of beats which grows into a crescendo like thousand thunders on roll. The gazebo converts in an open air opera house reverberating with the most exotic sounds drawn from the different corners of the universe. It seems as if a perfect stage is set for Lord Shiva’s dance.  The body and soul matches to rhythm, jigging, prancing and shaking the leg. The music from other instruments transfuses in the air. Few members and audience dance in the circle. It is soon that the soul feels lightened, complete body resonates with the beats. One can feel moving to trance, where the soul merges with the universe, where you receive the positivity in abundance through sound of drums.

It is a stress bursting activity with a community of people who come together for their love for beats. In close to an hour one can feel being in higher state of mind, a heavenly experience taking the soul to eternal state, far beyond this world. I must admit, I was in transformed state for a while even after the event. Anyone who gets a chance to hear DDC play and participate should grab it. I’d major blocker to loud beats, resulting into pounding head; a myth shattered, soul soothing experience.

A Wonderful Sunday Experience!!

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