Celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra, people clean their houses and decorate the entrance with intricate rangoli designs, mango leaves and marigold flowers on Gudi Padwa which is the Maharashtrian New Year. Mumbai, once again, saw the locals grooving to thumping ‘dhol tasha’ beats.
Dressed in their finest traditional attire, Maharashtrians welcomed Gudi Padwa with much fervour and celebrations on Saturday. However, this time Game of Thrones arrived early on the streets of Mumbai and we cannot contain our excitement anymore. It wasn’t your usual Bollywood dhol-track that was played but the ‘Game of Thrones’ theme that echoed on the streets on Gudi Padwa
But Aarambha Dhol Tasha Pathak, famous for their performances during Ganeshutsav, Navratri, Makarsankranti, and Diwali festivities made it possible when the popular group united once again – this time to perform a desi rendition of popular opening credits music. Who would have thought that the GoT intro could be converted into a Gudi Padwa track, right?
“This is called as “Dhol Pathak” (ढोल पथक). Number ranging from 10-20 to even hundreds of Dhol players can be part of this band or Pathak.
Dressed in all whites and armed with dhols, an ensemble of Aarambha’s musicians performed the GoT theme in Mumbai’s Dombivli during Gudhipadwa Shobhayatra with a fusion of traditional instruments Bulbul (Benjo) and Dhol Tasha.
The OG Game of Thrones theme was created by Ramin Djawadi in 2011 and uses the cello as the lead instrument.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Mumbaikars have danced to the tunes of GoT during a festival.
Back in 2014, a YouTube channel called ‘E.L.T.C’ turned the theme into a Mumbai-style Ganpati visarjan track that went insanely viral on the Internet