Welcome to Palinath Bean Party

A musical ensemble of seven persons playing different instruments, the been party is how the snake-charmer community has responded to the ban on snake charming. The different instruments used are handcrafted by the saperas. These are the been (flute), the tumba (small drum-like object with one string), the khanjari (tambourine) and the dhol (big drums). The been, tumba and khanjari are all made by the snake charmers themselves after drying the fruit of the bottle gourd plant that they grow close to their homes.

The performance at the ESF included a musical presentation on the Been along with a brief introduction to the community and their culture. The performances also included a demonstration, as well as sale, of some of the musical instruments handcrafted by the community.

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