Drumbeats from the Japan liven up Coimbatore

Over 1,400 people in the city were enthralled by the energy in the air that was created by Wadaiko, a Japanese drum performance by a band named Bachi Atari, who came all the way from Tokyo to the city on Friday. 

Tetsu Minegishi, the main drummer, and Masashi Okawa and Yuhei Motoyama, his partners created magic with the drums and two different percussion instruments that left the crowd asking for more. 

"The instruments are called tsuzumi, chappa, atarigane and daitaiko," said Shanmuga Priya, director, ABK-AOTS Dosokai, Tamil Nadu Coimbatore chapter. 

The performance of Wadaiko, traditional Japanese drums made famous by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Japan this year, was organised in the city by The Japan Foundation, New Delhi, and The Consulate-General of Japan (CGJ) at Chennai in association with ABK-AOTS Dosokai, Coimbatore chapter. 

"The city reminds us a little of Tokyo as the climate of Tokyo is similar to Coimbatore's," said Kaayoko Furukawa, consul, CGJ. "We are overwhelmed by the response that we got here and will definitely come back to host a Japan film festival very soon," she added. 

Even though the performers could not speak English, they said they communicated with the audience through their music. 

"The energy level in the city was very high and we enjoyed the vigour and reaction of the audience that encouraged us to perform diverse beats," said Tetsu. 

"We loved the music. Even though it looked similar to our temple instruments, they sounded very unique and different," said Rajesh Kumar, a businessman. Several college students came directly after their classes to attend the performance. 

This was their final performance in the country as they had already performed in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai this week. "They performed in Chennai on Thursday and came directly from there to the city," said Shanmuga Priya. 

Source: The Hindu

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