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Shiv Pratishtha Dhol Tasha Pathak’s performance at Ganesh Tekdi reverberates Nagpur

Nagpur has been celebrating Ganapati festival on the beats of dhol tashe pathaks for past ten days. The irresistible charm and infectious energy of these wadaks (dhol players) have surely become an intrinsic part of not only the festive celebrations but also of the wedding celebrations etc. After Nation Next captured Shiv Pratishtha’s performance at Ganesh Tekdi during the Ganapati festival, we spoke with the members of this famous dhol tasha pathak of Nagpur about what inspires this group of students and professionals to play drums during the celebrations.

Also read: First four dhol tashe pathaks of Nagpur

We don’t perform for people who spread hooliganism and create ruckus on the streets in the name of celebrations. We can’t entertain people, who misbehave under the influence of alcohol during festivities, so we make sure that during our performances, people maintain the decorum and decency around us, said Swapnil Murtey, leader of Shiv Pratishta, which emerged as Nagpur’s favourite during this Ganapati festival.

Two childhood friends Pankaj Pande and Swapnil Murtey started this dhol tasha pathak group in March 2013 in Nagpur. The group ropes in its members on the basis of their passion, personality and their body language. Shiv Pratishtha group, which claims to have 75 members in its group, has zealous students, doctors, lawyers, etc, as its members. The major reason behind starting this group, says one of the group members, “was to preserve and maintain our culture during festivals as it was somehow getting polluted due to loud music in sandals and DJs.”

This group has 55 dhols, 14 tashe, four jhaanj (hand cymbals), five shankhs (conch shells), a gong and a dafli (hand drum). These dhol and tashe weigh around 15 kg each and 7 kg each, respectively. Some of their signature performances of the group are on Shivstuti, Kallol taal and Paramparik taal.

Photojournalist: Kartik Thakur

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Sumeet Raghavan on comedy: One has to understand what’s vulgar, what’s sensual

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Radhika Dhawad | Editor : Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Mumbai
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Actor Sumeet Raghavan, who played the iconic character of Sahil Sarabhai in the popular TV show ‘Sarabhai Vs Sarabhi’ in an interview with Nation Next in November 2018 spoke about clean comedy, work in the show ‘Jai Hind,’ below the belt humour and explained why one needs to understand what’s vulgar and what’s sensual content.

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Urmila Matondkar interview: Chidambaram’s arrest puts a question mark on India’s democracy

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In a ‘Dialogue @ NATION NEXT, actor turned politician Urmila Matondkar censures the arrest of former home and finance minister of India P Chidambaram by the CBI. Putting a question mark on the current state of Indian democracy, Congress leader Urmila Matondkar speaks about the ‘actors who queue up for pictures with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, grilling of MNS leader Raj Thackeray by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and how Bollywood actors receive flak for joining Congress.

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Also read: Urmila Matondkar quits Congress

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Ranveer Allahbadia interview: Meet the man behind popular YouTube channel BeerBiceps

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Ranveer Allahbadia , who’s the man behind the popular YouTube Channel #BeerBiceps, in an interview with Nation Next, spoke about the logic behind the name BeerBiceps, his struggles as a college student, his YouTube channel,  and also shared tips for budding YouTubers! Ranveer was recently in Nagpur for Nagpur Startup Fest organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

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Producer: Vikrant Shandilya

Anchor: Amar Ashok Jajoo

Camera: Bhavesh Mahalle

Video Editor: Himanshu Pal

Here’s the complete interview!

Also watch: Gaurav Taneja speaks about his popular YouTube channel Flying Beast

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