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Tassa drumming-Indian beats around the world

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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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India 2nd in Government Requests for Users’ Data on Facebook

In the second half of 2018, Facebook identified 53 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 48 disruptions in eight nations in the first half of 2018

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FILE - A man poses for a photo in front of a computer showing Facebook ad preferences in San Francisco, California, March 26, 2018. VOA

The Indian government requested Facebook to provide data for 20,805 users (including 861 emergency requests) — second only to the US government — in the July-December 2018 period and the social networking giant provided some data in 53 per cent of the cases.

During the second half of 2018, the volume of content restrictions based on local law increased globally by 135 per cent — from 15,337 to 35,972.

“This increase was primarily driven by 16,600 items we restricted in India based on a Delhi High Court order regarding claims made about PepsiCo products,” said Facebook in its latest Transparency Report for the second half of 2018.

The US government asked for users’ data in 41,336 cases wherein Facebook provided some information in 88 per cent of the cases.

“In the second half of 2018, government requests for user data increased globally by seven per cent from 103,815 to 110,634,” Chris Sonderby, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, said in a statement late Thursday.

“Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the highest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France,” he added.

In a separate post, Facebook said it removed more than three billion fake accounts in the October 2018-March 2019 period, saying that about 5 per cent of its monthly active users were fake.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

Facebook disabled 1.2 billion accounts in Q4 2018 and 2.19 billion in Q1 2019.

“For fake accounts, the amount of accounts we took action on increased due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president for integrity, said in a blog post.

According to Rosen, for every 10,000 times people who view content on Facebook, 11 to 14 views contained content that violate the platform’s adult nudity and sexual activity policy.

In the second half of 2018, Facebook identified 53 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 48 disruptions in eight nations in the first half of 2018.

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“This half, India accounted for 85 per cent of total new global disruptions,” the company informed.

In this period, on Facebook and Instagram, the company took down 2,595,410 pieces of content based on 511,706 copyright reports; 215,877 pieces of content based on 81,243 trademark reports; and 781,875 pieces of content based on 62,829 counterfeit reports.

“In Q1 2019, we took action on about 900,000 pieces of drug sale content, of which 83.3 per cent we detected pro-actively. In the same period, we took action on about 670,000 pieces of firearm sale content, of which 69.9 per cent we detected pro-actively,” added Rosen. (IANS)