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Tassa drums is called Dhol nagada in Hindi. The name Tassa surely seems a bit different, but this art of music is being practiced in India since ages. And with time, Tassa drumming has grown its name and fame in other countries as well.

A uniquely Indo-Trinidadian form, Tassa drumming invites exploration of how the distinctive nature of the Indian diaspora and its relationship to its ancestral homeland influenced Indo-Caribbean music culture.

Here is a video of Tassa drum performance in a West Indian country:

In Trinidad and Tobago, annual Tassa drumming competitions are held at the national level which gives a lot of encouragement to this form of art.

Tassa Drumming is especially associated and marked as a symbol of joy in Hindu weddings, seeking attentions in political rallies, Muslim Muharram commemorations, Indo-Cultural events, parties and much more. It is played in a group which adds on to the rhythm and thus provides heavy bass.

In India, while it was known as the Tasha drumming which is an integral part of many Hindu events like marriage, Ganesh Chathurthi etc, in the 1800s during British colonial rule, a number of Indians moved to Caribbean islands, they took this art with them. Today Trinidad is one of the major exponents of this art.

The name, however, got modified to Tassa from Tasha when it reached Caribbean countries but the popularity has only increased. Indian diaspora has played a big part in spreading it all around the world.

Even in the Indo-Caribbean communities like New York, Texas, New Jersey, Canada, Guyana and many more, tassa drumming has proudly been a part of most of the ceremonies.(Inputs from Mukul Gogna)(Image-Youtube)

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)

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