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Weekly Photo Challenge-Jubilant/ Shehnai and Dhol

 

(Posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge –Jubilant)

Shehnai is synonymous with jubilant mood across India. It is specially played on occasion of Hindu weddings. Apart from weddings in Rajasthan (and specifically in Jaipur) one can find Shehnai player on other special occasions as well. Of late, Shehnai players are also part of  tourist festivals/ events.

Considered as a part of classical instrument, special performances are also held in the city by the renowned  Shehnai performers.  Even though, origin of Shehnai is believed to be from Iran, there are no records available to prove this theory. Some on the contrary,  believe that Shehnai is an  improved adaptation of a wind instrument played by snake charmers in India called Pungi or Been. Irrespective of origin, it has formed a  strong bind to the local culture & people so much so that lack of Shehnai tune playing during a Hindu wedding is deemed inauspicious.

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Shehnai player at Jantar Mantar, city palace complex, Jaipur. WPC-Jubilant

The above picture features Shehnai player along with dhol/ drum player.

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26 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge-Jubilant/ Shehnai and Dhol

    1. Divya, Shehnai is not exclusive to Rajasthan/Jaipur. It’s popular instrument across Indi specially North India. Its tune and sound is synonymous with weddings -north Indian weddings, that is. In this picture the attire reflects the Rajasthani style…the safaa (turban) and sleeveless jacket is pretty much Rajasthani style!

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    1. Thank you for complementing Swati! The perfect time would be Oct-Feb period. Monsoon is just okay, with high humidity and at time scorching Sun it’s far from ideal for sight seeing trip! 🙂

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