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Hyderabad: Bands, huge event, incantations of ‘Ganapati Bappa Mourya’, dancing efficiencies, pandal brows through– these are points that instantly concern our mind when we speak aboutGanesh Chaturthi Unlike the last 2 years when the events were a subtle event, currently there are grand events occurring anywhere. However, as Covid struck all profession financially, the costs of whatever area soared. Ganesh idolizer costs tripled this year; the need for band leasings as well as the quantity they bill has actually likewise enhanced.
A couple of dhol organisations claimed “as we could not earn anything for our livelihood in the last two years, this year the demand and the amount of our band has increased. Devotees in the city will now have to pay extra to the ‘dhol’ organisers as their demand has also risen. Increasing rentals of bands in the city have surprised many Ganesh festival organisers.
From ‘Shari Band’ to the traditional ‘dappu’ and ‘marfa’, the bands are charging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000. They collect Rs 2,000 per head for the days before the main immersion and for the last day, it will be Rs 4,000 for a few hours. The price doubles if one books a DJ and a sound system.
Kevin Kavidi, a devotee said, ” last year I paid Rs 20,000 for a 10-member band. The exact same team is requiring Rs 40,000 currently which is Rs 4,000 per head, claiming that the need has actually enhanced. The band participants claim these are the only couple of celebrations that aid them gain their living for the year.”
Raju, the founder of Dhol Players, said, ” as the need as well as price of whatever has actually enhanced, we have actually elevated our leasings. I have a 15-member team. Before Covid we made use of to bill 1,500-2,000 each. But as we can not gain for a living throughout the pandemic, this year our fee has actually likewise risen. Now we bill Rs 2,000-2,500 per head. which summarize to Rs 30,000-40,000. Our need likewise raises based upon the variety of hrs we play”.
Mohan, a devotee. said the prices increase as it gets closer to the immersion day. For other days they charge a package price of around Rs 2,000-2,500 per head, but for the immersion they ask us to pay Rs 4,000. Usually the duration is five-six hours, however, if extended, they demand extra payment.
Apart from commercial bands, there are few volunteer ones. One among which is the Mitraangan- Maharashtrians of Hyderabad Band. Ambarish Lahankar, founder of Mitraangan, said, we mostly go for the celebrations voluntarily. We do not do it for money; it is just showcasing our tradition and devotion towards Bappa.”
“Except for a few places, like big societies, we ask for Rs 40,000-50,000 just to cover our expenses of band cover and the around 150 band leaf which costs around Rs 1,500 per piece which sums up to around Rs 3 lakh.”