With most of us taking a break during the festive time, Tata Capital’s Do Right soulful journey continues further towards the banks of the Ganges in its quest to support stories that need our attention. After bringing warm smiles to the kids at the Himalayan Buddhist Culture School in Batahar Bihal, the next destination was Rishikesh – a spiritual town on the banks of the holy Ganges.
Pankaj Trivedi, an ardent fan of real stories and an adventure junkie who is also driving the Half Stories – a project to identify everyday stories of courage and survival from the remotest corners of our country and complete them with happy endings with the help of social media – comes across a carpenter turned into musician Mukhesh Dhiman at Rishikesh.
Half Stories – A Carpenter’s Symphony
Pankaj believes that Rishikesh stands on 4 pillars – Faith, Love, Dedication and Passion. Incidentally, he found all the four pillars in a carpenter’s work place who has passionately dedicated his entire life for creating the world’s oldest wind instrument Didgeridoos – a traditional Australian aboriginal musical instrument.
Mukhesh Dhiman is a carpenter by profession but for last 30 years the man has been making Didgeridoos. His whole life changed when he met an Australian tourist who introduced Mukhesh to Didgeridoo and since then his passion has been the instrument and the music around it. The man can’t sleep a day without playing it, such has been his love and passion. Along with this he has also mastered the art of making Djembes, African percussion instruments, from an African tourist.
Today the carpenter is being supported by his three sons and his wife. However, life hasn’t been easy for Mukesh – learning a new skill, purely out of passion for music and ditching his existing line of work to follow his dreams, required tremendous resolve. The family with their bare hands and basic tools, take over 8 days to craft each Didgeridoo with the 4 member family making less than Rs. 100 per head per day.
The Do Righters team have decided to support the passion of Mukesh so that his love for Didgeridoo spreads across more people which is right now restricted to a few backpackers and tourists. Right now the need is to provide a set of electrical tools for cutting and polishing. This will help him manufacture and sell more Didgeridoos than he currently does. The set of tools will cost Rs. 9000.
You can be a part of the good deed along with the Do Righters team by contributing money or helping spread the word by sharing the below video with your friends to help raise this amount.
Apart from the Do Right website, one can also follow the Do Right initiative on its Facebook and Twitter pages to stay updated on the half stories. The Facebook page which has more than 238K fans has updated its cover photo with Mukhesh’s half story and the wall is sharing the journey at Rishikesh with the help of interesting visuals.
Hoping you would do the right thing by donating and/or sharing the half story video of Mukhesh’s passion for making Didgeridoos.