Bajiye Dhak Lagao Tak – The Annual Dhak Competition
The announcements were made in the presence of actor Rituparna Sengupta who inaugurated the event and musicians Pritam Chakraborty and Bickram Ghosh, both of whom will be on the jury of the Dhak playing contest.
Dhakis will be given a chance to play and compete with other Dhakis from Kolkata, Siliguri and Asansol invited from 250 puja committees.
“The Dhaki contest is about celebrating the true spirit of puja and utilising this as a platform to recognise and reward the effort of the Dhakis and this special tune that has been launched pays a tribute to this tradition,” said Viral Oza, head activation, media and online marketing.
Rituparna, who came in a beige sari with a golden border and a red halter neck blouse, looked gorgeous with bright red bindi.
“I never felt that the Puja has arrived unless I heard the Dhak beats,” said the actor reminiscing about her childhood moments during Durga Puja.
“I am coming to Kolkata for Durga Puja after 15 years though for judging. The very thought of staying here during Pujas excites me,” said Pritam, the music director, who will be looking forward to the teamwork and vibes while judging but for him the even is more important than winning itself.
He, too, remembered those years in Kolkata when he used to hang out with friends. “Ghure ghure egg roll, chop ar kochuri khawar moja tai alada chilo. Moulali te puja katate besh lagto.In Mumbai, I go to singer Abhijeet’s and Rani Mukherjee’s place during Pujas, but the feel is unlike Kolkata where we find the entire city is celebrating,” revealed Pritam.
The peppy melody composed by Bickram Ghosh is a fusion of foot-tapping beats of the dhak along with the Nokia tune.
“Keeping the traditional Dhak beats intact I have tried to garnish it with rhythms of tambourine, tabla, cheek playing, and bongo, so that the fresh composition is catchy enough for the youngsters to feel like downloading it,” explained Bickram.
He also seemed positive about the Dhaki contest as he feels that the dhakis are becoming elusive therefore something must be done for them.
The judgement, he said, would be similar to a reality show, where the entire performance will be counted. Speaking about Puja, Bickram stated, “The best Puja moment was when I was young leading a carefree life without having to judge anything. However, when it comes to celebrating, a little Ilish and Daab Chingri is what complete the pujas.”