While the ghumat was once a popular percussion instrument used by the Konkani community of the coastal districts of Karnataka, today it is on the verge of extinction due to the dearth of players. Now, one of the last known players from the Catholic Konkani community who is keen on not letting the tradition die has taken up the task of its revival by training students and passing on the legacy of the culturally significant instrument.
55-year-old Joel Pereira says that he learnt to play the ghumat from his father and famed ghumat player Joachim Pereira, who in turn learnt it from his father Alex Pereira. Joel has been training around 40 students of Mangaluru’s Milagres College to play the folk instrument as well as teaching them the traditional songs that usually accompany the ghumat.
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