ByÂ Kirti Joshi:
Plato says “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
In a metropolitan city like Delhi where everybody is running in a race to chase/win something, we forget to take a pause to relax and experience the music of life. The Delhi Drum Circle allows you to indulge in such an experience where it acts as a stress bursting activity where people in love with beats come together. It started in 2010 as a casual gathering but now, many participate in it. The Facebook group of DDC boasts more the eleven thousand members and this social networking group has been the only mode of communication among members since the foundation of the group.Â Here are 6 things to know about Delhi Drum Circle
– Anybody can join it anytime.
You don’t have to be tensed about whether these events are starting in January, February, March etc. etc…You can join this radiation of positivity and passion any season of the year, you just have to enjoy the journey and don’t forget to have fun. Therefore during an event, just make your own music and go along with the rhythm. People get together to play either freestyle while inventing the tempo along the way. Sometimes the drum circle members happily offer their instruments to fascinated audience to play, increasing participation.
– No cultural, national or social barrier.
They invite people from all ages, nationality and walks of life who love to play and enjoy music. Majority are Indians but there’s a decent mix of people from different countries. Members are from a diverse range of thoughts including photography, art, poetry, and philosophy. The drummers range from 5-year-old toddlers to people with grey tresses. People from all walks of life come together to play in a casual, unrestricted and engaging environment.
– There is no head or leader.
A beginner, an amateur and a professional, all play, learn and improve here together. The sound is familiar, it’s contagious, it’s exciting and attractive with the interesting combination of sounds, and stare and dance moves. Soon, there is a huge crowd. Beginners, amateurs and professionals all perform together at the meets. Delhi Drum Circle offers equality, as nobody is leading or heading the event. There is no hierarchy in the circle.
– No prior music knowledge required
The main objective of DDC is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and yourself. You don’t have to be the master in playing the instrument. You can just come play, sing, dance or have fun with the drummers but still you won’t stop grooving to the beats that make for the ambience here. Listen as much as you play. By listening to what’s going on in the circle as you play, you will have a better sense of how you might fit into the groove and then the unbeatable beats and alluring rhythms will have you hooked for hours and more.
– It is not just about Drums
Delhi Drum Circle is not just all about playing drums, tabla and dholaks. They also include instruments such as flute, shankh, bells. DDC is also about creating a healthy environment for each and every member and each and every member is concerned about others.
– Free of cost
Now, you must be thinking how much it costs to be a part of such an event. No needs to worry about the money you have in your pocket. Entry to this event is free, just don’t forget to carry instruments to join in and if you don’t own a drum, don’t forget to carry the energy to groove.