Aao Bajaao is an open drum circle
organised by Drumberries, which is now held every month
in Hyderabad...a great way to connect, interact and have
Each participant is provided with drums
and percussion, and then initiated by the facilitator they
get into the groove and play together. The emphasis is on-
CREATE IN THE MOMENT-
improvisations, rhythms we feel and explore all together
in the group. These are not pre-learnt or formal ones its
simply flowing right there. The first session of Aao Bajaao
was held in May 2011.
The beat of the drums can make you smile,
relieve stress and take you on a spiritual journey. Through
Drumberries, VeHaan and Meghna are helping people do just
that. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo gets the details. In rhythm
is life, believe VeHaan and Meghna. VeHaan and Meghna's
abode in Sainikpuri resonates with music in every nook and
corner. Drums of all sizes and shapes add a unique dimension
to the house. We can host a drumming session for 800
people at one go, smiles Meghna.
VeHaan is a composer known for his tunes
for ads, corporate films, short films and documentaries.
Meghna is a psychologist who explored theatre and performing
arts and found her calling as a sound engineer. Together,
the couple founded Drumberries, through which they began
conducting drumming sessions for corporate and educational
institutions a year ago. VeHaan sums up, There is
rhythm in each one of us the way we walk, the way
we talk and our own heartbeat follows a rhythm. We need
to be in tune with that rhythm.
The Hans India Newspaper, Hyderabad. July 27, 2011.
DRUM MARO DRUM
Drumming makes inroads into the urban landscape
as people wake upto its rhythm.
What is fascinating about Drumberries is
anyone can join in and in a matter of minutes get engulfed
by the rhythm. There are no rules, one has to just follow
the beats and have fun. The harmony and synchronization
will take one to a higher plane and within minutes a sense
of calmness engulfs you.
From executives from the corporate world
to school children, everyone is enthralled and drumming
their way from stress and anxiety. VeHaan says," there
is rhythm in all of us and in everything we do, while talking,
walking and in just about everything. At Aao Bajaao the
idea is to get people to experience the power of drumming
together and live in the moment."
Two enterprising do-gooders in the city
have come up with a novel way of using percussion therapy,
not just for corporate and individual wellness workshops,
but also for anyone interested in a little stress busting
fun, discovers Lipi Bharadwaj.
Drumming is an ancient practice that people
of the world have used for centuries. Now, Drum Circles
are gaining popularity again. Drumming together is believed
to release stress and also brings people together. We
at Drumberries are trying to bring this ancient technique
of drumming, rhythm and music to Hyderabad, says Meghna
Arora, the co-founder of Drumberries an organisation
set up by her and VeHaan which offers a wide range
of Team Building, Training and Recreational programmes using
rhythm and music techniques for corporate organisations,
schools and colleges.
Few activities bring people together, like
music and jamming out do. This is the idea behind Drumberries.
Weapon of choice: the jembe (which literally
means come together). Using an arsenal of these
wooden drums, Drumberries deploys drum circles (as big as
Founder VeHaan hands out the drums, starts
with the beats. The beat starts, and the jembe is right
in your lap. Instinctively, you just pick up the beat. As
VeHaan says, "Our hearts beat to a rhythm, we breathe
Drumberries organised " Aao Bajaao",
an event at Sweet Nirvana, on May 28. This was the first
open drum circle event in twin cities. It was a well attended
session from all walks of life and the session was facilitated
by VeHaan. Everyone participated in high spirits nd played
varios instruments like drums and percussion. The session
seemed endless and looking at the response Drumberries now
wishes to make this a monthly activity in the city.