GHUMOT TO BE DECLARED GOA’S HERITAGE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
- The Art and Culture Minister of Goa has announced that Ghumot, an indigenous earthen drum will soon be notied as a heritage instrument of Goa. Ghumot is an indigenous earthen drum fashioned as a designed clay pot, with the skin of the monitor lizard stretched taut across the pot’s mouth, forming a drumhead.
- Ghumot is a percussion instrument widely played during Ganesh Chaturthi Aarties.
Ghumot was banned:
- The skin of monitor lizard is one of the key components of the Ghumot. Since the monitor lizard was classied as an endangered wildlife species and was listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, Ghumot was banned by the Forest Department of Goa. In recent years attempts were made to revive the heritage instrument of Goa by replacing monitor lizard skin with the skin of a she-goat. This revival had spiked the interests about the instrument
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