Goan village children avoid mobile phone games and learn to sing ‘ghumat aarti’ during Ganesh festival

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Nish Nitesh Naik is only two years old, but his daily routine includes regular visits to a temple in his village in Goa where he and other children learn to play the ‘ghumat’, a percussion instrument made from an earthen pot.

These children from Taraval village in Shiroda area of ​​South Goa district are not addicted to mobile phone games but are instead learning ‘ghumat aarti’, a folk form of devotional songs specially sung during the festival of Ganesh of 10 days, which started on Wednesday this year. .

Rahul Krishnanand Lotlikar, a singer and musician from the village, took it upon himself to hone the musical talent of these children. Another villager, Mayur Naik, told PTI how Lotlikar, with the support of other locals, was able to get children interested in playing instruments like the ghumat, instead of being busy playing games. on cell phones and making reels on social media platforms.

Mayur’s nephew, Nish, is the youngest of the group of children learning to play ghumat. “Nish is only two years old. He showed interest in ghumat when I used to sit and play it at home. So we introduced him to these classes and he is now a regular attendee,” Mayur said.

The Ratnadeep Cultural and Sports Club of Taravale gave its full support to Lotlikar in this mission. Lotlikar, who is in his late twenties, remembers how as a child he and other children used to sing ghumat aartis, but the tradition came to a halt in the last decade.

“Ten years ago, we had a group of children who participated in the ghumat aarti competitions, but later they took care of other activities. Five to six years later, no child in the village took part. showed interest in learning ghumat aartis,” he said. said.

Village resident Deepak Sawardekar recently approached Lotlikar with the idea of ​​reviving ghumat aarti training for village children, which he agreed to.

“I started teaching children from the second week of June this year,” Lotlikar said.

At first only seven to eight boys showed up for the training and then the response started to increase. Lotlikar now teaches a group of 24 children – including an equal number of boys and girls. “We encouraged girls who were singing at their school to join the band,” he said.

Manila Shirodkar, a Bharatnatyam teacher from the village, is happy to see her 15-year-old son playing ghumat in the group. “He stays excited all day and waits until evening to go to his ghumat aarti classes,” she said. Mobile phone gaming activity is now a thing of the past for these children, Shirodar added.

Lotlikar said it is not easy to teach children the art of playing the ghumat or any other instrument. “You have to start from scratch, but when they get into the rhythm, there’s no turning back,” he said.

Lotlikar said these children would be further trained to sing bhajans (devotional songs). “The group will be participating in various ghumat aarti competitions across the coastal state and will also perform at temples,” he added.

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