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One Tree Gathering Nov 2010

On October 30 and 31st the International Centre for Cultural Studies and the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids put on the One Tree Gathering, a convention of Druids and Hindus at the Shri Venkataswara (Balaji) temple complex in Tividale, near Oldbury. Here are some of my photos of the temples and the event.

Shri Belaji temple gatehouse

Shri Belaji temples

Shri Belaji temple gatehouse

Shri Belaji temples

Shri Belaji temples

Lord Ganesha on his shrine

Shri Belaji temples

Lord Ganesha on his shrine

One Tree Gathering welcome

Hindus and druids

One Tree Gathering welcome

Hindus and druids

Hindus at Eistedfodd

Temple musicians

Hindus at Eisteddfod

Temple musicians

Corwen, Dave and Kate

Hindu dancing girl

Corwen, Dave and Kate

Hindu dancing girl

Here is a video of the Hindu temple players at the Eisteddfod. It is fascinating to watch him trying out reeds until he  finds one that suits the current environment (temperature, humidity).  In the video is the Carnatic  (South Indian) version of the oboe, called nadaswaram (also other spellings) which  is larger than the more familiar shenai, the  Hindustani (North Indian) instrument.  You'll notice it's a tiring instrument to play: hence the habit  of using two players, allowing each other rest time. The double headed  drum is also Carnatic, called a thavil, which is the equivalent of the Hindustani tabla, the familiar two drum set.

 

All photos © 2010 Derek J. Carr

 

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