"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Power Of Percussion

We left the golden beauty of the beach only to wander into a twilight festival:
A party of young Hindu faithful were celebrating the festival of Ganapati.

Percussive rhythms should never be underestimated:

Their power to evoke passions crosses all cultural boundaries:


Picture taken in Kannur, Kerala

3 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    I wonder what it is that makes the beat of one drum, or many, reach deep into my psyche? Even more so if I am near to the drum or drums.

    October 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    • I certainly find the sound of the perfectly synchronised Hindu drumming teams, with their wonderfully complex rhythms, utterly hypnotic and emotionally powerful. I think it speaks to something deep within almost all of us. No wonder that for centuries armies have traditionally used the phenomenon to instil bravery into their own warriors and fear in their enemies!

      October 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

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