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Ghumot to be notified as a Heritage Musical Instrument of Goa

The Art and Culture Minister of Goa, Govind Gaude has announced that Ghumot, an indigenous earthen drum will soon be notified as a Heritage Musical Instrument of Goa.
Ghumot to be notified as a Heritage Musical Instrument of Goa

About Ghumot:

  • Ghumot is an indigenous earthen drum fashioned as a designed clay pot, with the skin of the monitor lizard stretched taut across the pot's mouth, forming a drumhead.
  • Ghumot is a percussion instrument widely played during 'Ganesh Chaturthi Aarties'.

Why was Ghumot banned?

  • The skin of monitor lizard is one of the key components of the Ghumot.
  • Since the monitor lizard was classified as an endangered wildlife species and was listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, Ghumot was banned by the Forest Department of Goa.
  • In recent years attempts were made to revive the heritage instrument of Goa by replacing monitor lizard skin with the skin of a she-goat.
  • This revival had spiked the interests about the instrument.

Question:

Q. Which indigenous earthen drum will soon be notified as a Heritage Musical Instrument of Goa?
a. Dhapli
b. Ghumot
c. Dholak
d. Mridang
Ghumot to be notified as a Heritage Musical Instrument of Goa Ghumot to be notified as a Heritage Musical Instrument of Goa Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on February 15, 2019 Rating: 5

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