Catch eco friendly drum beats at Sunday Soul Sante!

These drums are made in the light powered by solar panels. Isn’t that exciting? Eco-friendly drum beats at the Sunday Soul Sante!


The drum beats and illuminating LED bulbs powered by solar, do they have anything in common? Naah, nothing! Ponder over it for a minute. How are drums made? Typical response would be that the workers gather raw materials, add their labour and the drums are ready.

So…?

These workers actually make these drums in the light powered by solar panels. Isn’t that exciting? Eco-friendly drum beats!

In a not-so well known locality of Bangalore, Thannisandra, there is a small community of Mirasis from Uttar Pradesh living under the roof of tarpaulin tents. They make these drums ranging from small daamrus to huge djembes, and have been in this venture for the past 500 years. The art is now closer to its epitaph and needs to be preserved. They excel at creating beautiful carvings on delicately crafted percussion instruments.

SELCO Foundation, a sustainable energy NGO based in Bangalore, looked at this threat to survival as an opportunity to innovate. They created a community owned business model which they call ‘solar cart model’, where they placed a cart with solar panels on its roof, charge batteries through the panels in the day and illuminate 30 homes in the night. To access the solar power, every family pays Rs. 100/- a month towards owning the system. Apparently it is not very expensive as they were paying Rs. 15-25/- per litre a day for buying kerosene oil- which comes to about Rs. 450/- to 750 a month. They also cannot work in the light of kerosene oil lamps as it is not enough to do minor carvings.

On the contrary, now in the glow of solar power bulb the drums are made, family members are fed, children study, and even babies are delivered (as accessing medical services is expensive). In addition to that, they charge their cell phones with the additional energy stored in battery.

This led to an increase in income by about 10-20%, and a decreased environmental impact – the amount of carbon emissions they saved is equal to the carbon sequestered by 18 trees (ageing-10 year) every year, making the drums beats eco-friendly.

In order to enhance their livelihood, SELCO is is facilitating projects that can help them in increasing their access to market linkages. With some support from SELCO foundation’s Urban Community Lab they are going to put a stall at Sunday Soul Sante event, at the ITPB Grounds Whitefield, Bangalore on this coming Sunday- 9th March, 2014.

To make the intervention self-sustainable- with the profit earned that day, a cooperative of drum-makers will be initiated.

All the music, art and craft lovers it’s time to have eco-friendly, hand crafted drum beats!

Price Range of these handcrafted, carved musical instruments (damroo, dholak, tabla, djembe, mridangam): Rs. 150 to Rs. 5000-8000/-


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kabir Arora (also known by the name Kabir Khan) is a Graduate in Geography from Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi). Currently working with Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) & SELCO Incubation Center, divides his time between Ahmedabad & Bangalore. more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kabir Arora (also known by the name Kabir Khan) is a Graduate in Geography from Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi). Currently working with Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) & SELCO Incubation Center, divides his time between Ahmedabad & Bangalore. more

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