Jamshedpur : ‘Banam,’ the traditional musical instrument of Jharkhand, wowed the elite audience at a function organized at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on Oct 16, 2013.
Band ‘Indian Ocean’ presented a fusion performance with Banam, a traditional tribal musical instrument of Jharkhand. Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society helped organise the event where Banam artists – Kinu Suraj Tudu, Pradhan Hembrom, Salkhan Soren, and Nuna Majhi played along with the band.
The performance was a grand success in many ways, more so because of the fact that the almost extinct musical instrument made its presence at the national stage. The audience not only applauded the performance with open heart but was extremely appreciative of this musical instrument.
This, very special fusion performance of the two very different genres, required a lot of planning, organizing and practice. Tata Steel helped provide every possible support to the elderly artists.
The artists, in the age group of 70 – 80, infused so much energy in the performance, that the entire audience was enthralled. Indian Ocean Band created mesmerizing moments by creating special themes for them and crafted the very unique performance.
Occasions such as these, play a very positive role in bringing these art forms out of the hinterlands to the larger audience of the country.
The functions was organised by the Civil Society Magazine and supported by Tata Steel.
Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society organises various programs for the revival, sustenance and promotion of the string instrument – ‘Banam.’ The society has been able to identify several artists, who are still carrying on with this on-the-verge-of dying art, and with their help, is running classes at Karandih to teach tribal enthusiasts, the art of playing ‘Banam.’ This sustained effort by the Tribal Cultural Society has started paying dividends and now more than 50 persons are learning this art.