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Drumming in the Indian Himalaya

posted 23 Aug 2014, 14:30 by Adrian Ralph Samuels   [ updated 25 Jul 2015, 11:16 ]
In July and August 2014, I spent 3 weeks in North East India, some 100 KM from Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills. 

One day I could hear beating drums from far away, so I headed out the house and just walked towards the sound, some half a kilometre away. The drumming was the Little Angels Academy practicing their marching and drumming along the road. This was preparation for the upcoming Indian Independence day (15th August), where every school presents a march past. So not much studying goes on this time of year!

I introduced myself and soon after started teaching there from about 2 weeks. Little Angels Academy is both a school and an orphanage, and has children from a wide area. Mind you 9 in the morning is not my usual idea of a good time for drumming, but I had to avoid the main lesson times.

Drummers left to right are:
Umesh Munda, Dipchand Thapa, Akash Lohar, Sarad Munda, Rewaj Rai and Sanjay Bhujal.

Here is a good view of the Himalaya looking East. Since it is so mountainous, flat, level ground is rare so this was the only spot we could practice. 

                                                        Here is Akash Lohar who is 12 years old and he is a talented drummer and footballer.

The academy a drum kit on loan and so I taught a little on this too. 
Sarad Munda who is also a good drummer, is offering guidance to Akash Lohar.