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This intricately cast set of four handcrafted wrought iron musicians is the epitome of how life is in the dense remote forests of India. The craftsmen have framed the signature bison horns worn by male musicians along with beautifully carving the four instruments - maraca(jhunjhuna), trumpet(turhi), drum(dhol) and tambourine (dafli). Music for them is both entertainment and survival, as if reminding us that life is not all good and not all bad. Place this set where it becomes a gentle reminder of life’s balances. You can almost hear the music ring out from this lively 4-piece band figurine handcrafted by our tribal artisans.
Material: Wrought iron (set of 4)
Dimension: 18 x 5 x 4 inch
Weight : 1.75 KG
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The bison horn Maria tribe of the Bastar region in India is unique in many ways. On one hand, they use traditional musical instruments to celebrate important occasions, on the other hand, their musical instruments are also important tools during their hunting expeditions deep in the jungle. The tribal musicians wear the bison horn on their heads, dress in special attire and carry dhol (a type of drum) during a collective hunt ritual in late evenings. Sometimes the Bastar tribals hunt animals in the late evening for special feasts for harvest, a wedding, or childbirth, other times they engage in a collective hunting ritual for a routine hunt that would eventually feed the entire community. Musicians play an active and vital role in this collective hunting as they beat drums to confuse the animals they are hunting. Music, for the tribals, is not only entertainment but also a tool of survival.