When a Little Drummer Girl, Mathura’s Ram Lila and Beats Of Dalit Resistance Became Our Earworm

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When a Little Drummer Girl, Mathura’s Ram Lila and Beats Of Dalit Resistance Became Our Earworm

Illustration: Akshita Monga / Arré

 
 
Aga Bai Tasha: Ganesha’s Drummer Girls

In Mumbai, revellers dance to the tunes of drummer girls as they bid adieu to Lord Ganesha every year. Ahead of the Visarjan, we threw a spotlight on 11-year-old Vainavi Mohite, one of the city’s youngest Nashik Dhol players, as she prepped for all the fanfare and farewell.

 

Allah aur Bhagwan: Rashid Miyan Ki Ram Lila

On Dussehra, we brought to you a story of syncretism from Mathura’s famed Ram Lila, where we met Rashid Qureshi, the man who has been singing there for the last 37 years.

 

Jai Bhim- The Beats Of Dalit Resistance

On BR Ambedkar’s death anniversary, we documented the fascinating story singers Sheetal Sathe and Sachin Mali were declared Naxalities in 2011 for giving voice to the Dalit community. They’ve paid a heavy price, but they continue to sing their songs resistance.

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