Das ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das | A Ganapati festival without any band-baaja doesn’t feel like a festival. Guess we’ve got very used to life without noise. Your comments?

24 Aug,2020

Bhaskar DasWe don’t know what you think about it, but over the last two days of the Ganapati festival in Mumbai we missed all the band-baaja. Even though the ‘Sheela ki Jawani…” not blaring out of the speakers was welcome. So we asked Dr Bhaskar Das this question as part of our Das ka Dum series. Read on…

 

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Q. A Ganapati festival without any band-baaja doesn’t feel like a festival.  Guess we’ve got very used to life without noise. Your comments?

 

A. Festivals and celebration have a dopamine effect on the population at large (masses). I know many of us have an elitist approach to the pollution cause by  noise, crowding etc but I can’t forget its impact on economy, its impact on mental health. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has stymied celebration at a mass level. But I must say that the citizens have adjusted to the new normal remarkably well. At the same time, the festive mood is missing, whether it’s because of noise, or because of change in our mental state as any form of celebration provides escapism from the rude realities of existence. So I pray that let happy days come back the soonest.

 

 

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