Sydney falls in love with hypnotic beats of Shivagarjana











By Kiran Darvesh

The Ganesh Festival season is on with the beat of drums in Sydney street processions. The festival is incomplete without a Dhol-Tasha Pathak.

This is when you hear hypnotic beats of the Shivagarjana Sydney through the South Western Sydney streets.
The grandeur of the ensemble can only be believed when seen with enthusiastic drummers play the drums with never ending spirit. They sure give one goosebumps when one hears Shivagarjana Sydney drums start beating.


Shivagarjana Sydney, an arm of Shivagarjana Pune is a well reputed group of Dhol-Tasha enthusiasts, known to create a rhythmic atmosphere with the vibrant energy of Dhol-Tasha, now attracts throngs of people who witness the performance with great delight.

The group consists of people from India, mainly from Maharashtrian-Marathi community residing in Sydney, Australia. The group was established in the year 2008, with mere 5 volunteers to promote Maharashtrian Dhol -Tasha culture.


The organisation has now grown to over 60 members and their families, which include men, women and children aged between 6 to 60 years.

Shivagarjana Sydney  has performed in many sports, religious and India – Australia multicultural events, including welcoming  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi  at Allphones Arena, Sydney in November 2014.

The motto of this troupe is not only to play Dhol-Tasha on different occasions but also to come together, form a strong bond and make their contribution to the society.

Shivagarjana Sydney is also supported by their Barchi Dance and Lezim Pathak members. Barchi Dance is a systematic, energetic and disciplined group dance art form. Barchi has a historical significance dated to Shivaji Maharaj’s era when it was used as a war weapon.

Like sports, to play Barchi-Dhol-Tasha requires quite an amount of energy, physical stamina, enthusiasm, discipline and a lot of practice to reach the perfection level.

Shivagarjana Sydney does not make any money from their performances and do not pay any of its drummers, but ensures that the needs of the members are looked after. They do it for the love of their culture and rely on members’ contributions and donations from well-wishers to manage their costs, which may include purchase or maintenance of the equipment, transportation to venue, food for participants, first-aid etc.


You can catch Shivagarjana Sydney at Helensburgh, Liverpool and Minto during Ganesh idols immersion procession or other Indian religious/community events around Sydney.

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