Remember the ‘Do Righters’ who started from Dharamsala looking for half stories that you could complete? You might have offered help along the way to a shepherd who needed a basic survival kit to tide over harsh winters or to school children in Manali who needed heaters in their classrooms to concentrate in the biting cold? Here they offer you another opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.
It is in the spiritual city of Rishikesh that they have come across a Mukesh Dhiman, a veteran maker of the world’s oldest mouth organ – the ‘Didgeridoo‘ – a traditional Australian aboriginal musical instrument. 30 years ago when Mukesh ji heard the instrument being played by an Australian tourist, it touched a chord deep within his soul and changed his life forever. If you cannot view the video below, please click on the link.
He was a carpenter then, and this turned him into a musician! From the last 30 years, Mukeshji has not only been making these unique musical instruments every single day, but has also never gone to bed without playing one! His passion is palpable in his words:
I don’t know myself. All I know is that didgeridoo knows me and I know didgeridoo. I love it too much. I can’t even sleep in the night if I haven’t played the instrument – I feel like I have lost something in my life.
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Now, even his three sons have entered the art, and the entire family depends on these instruments for a living. While they currently take 8 days to make one didgeridoo with their bare hands and basic tools, the process can be reduced to a single day with the help of a few electrical tools, which will cost Rs.9000.
Can you help them sustain their passion for music and love for the unique instruments by contributing money towards the purchase of tools or by sharing the video? Let us complete Mukesh ji’s Half Story and encourage him to carry on.