People are very fond of flutes and traditional musical instruments like Banam. Banam is like a violin, in the Jharkhand Pavilion of the India International Trade Fair. It is being sold at the stall of Kala Mandir Saksham SHG Federation.
Durga Prasad is teaching the people who come to the stall by playing Hansda Banam. According to Prasad, Banam is such a musical instrument of Jharkhand, which is often played by the tribals of Santhal.
“This is a very old and sacred musical instrument. It also has religious significance among the tribals. On Magha Purnima, Banam is worshiped as the goddess of learning. It is made using wood, leather and horse hair. Both traditional and classical melodies can be extracted from it. In the fair, small Banam is being sold for Rs 1500 and big Banam for Rs 2500 per piece. At the same time, the flute of Jharkhand is also being liked a lot in the fair, per flute being sold for Rs 250,” said Prasad.
Talking about other products of this stall, Prasad informed that Jharkhand's art, Dokra Art, Terracotta products and Payatkar's painting are enticing people. “Dokra Art is a special metal craft of Jharkhand, decorative items are made in it. It also includes idols of deities. Dokra Art is made by Brass using traditional techniques. It is an age-old custom of the Malhor nomads and the Ranas of Bendh (OBC) in East Singhbhum, Jharkhand who have kept this classical craft alive. This is the only means of livelihood for these artisans,” he added.
The Artist cum Teacher said that the entire community is involved in various levels of the production system to create an ethnic style and exquisite designs of artworks. It takes 21 days to make a product. “The sale of this tribal craft helps in preserving the heritage and enhancing the livelihood of the artisans. The price of Dokra Art sculptures and decorative items in the fair ranges from Rs 450 to Rs 3000. While talking about terracotta products, its necklace, water bottle, handi and others are being sold,” he added.