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.
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