It was a sunny Sunday afternoon. The temperature gauge measured 40c. It’s been a few days since I last went out for photo walk. Unlike other days, I chose “punishing” hours of mid-afternoon; mercury is at its highest between noon and 4 PM. was walking through the “tourist district” of Jaipur, near Hawa Mahal in Sirehdyodi Bazaar where the street is lined with the shops selling touristy merchandise.
It was an off-season for the tourism industry in Jaipur. The shopkeepers were trying to seek my attention. They assumed I was a foreign tourist. I was about to cross the road and walk through the Sirehdyodi Gate when a young chap caught my attention. He was standing under a banyan and trying to converse in English. Here is a picture of Sirehdyodi Gate near Hawa Mahal.
“Hello….Hi…will you spare a minute? Look at these dholak…very nice…Indian music… very cheap…Come have a look”.
Here was this young man selling Dholak. I pulled up my camera to frame a picture, he acknowledged his approval for the picture by posing a Dholak.
I quickly captured another picture of these spare Dholaks placed on the pavement. These merchandise were meant for selling to the tourists; his source of livelihood.
I wanted to strike a conversation with him. I had many questions in my mind. The reason for his injured left arm? Was he making enough money by selling Dholaks? Considering I was running late and a conversation might break his illusion that I was a foreign tourist (I didn’t want to prove him wrong), I decided to move on. Some other day; I smiled and moved ahead.
What is Dholak?
Dholak is a barrel shape Indian drum often having rope type lacing and is played using two hands. Dholki is an alternative name associated with Dholak. Check out previous post on Jaipurthrumylens on Dholak