Soon, community drum circles to thump in Goa


Had a stressful day at work, college or school? Or just too many demands on the home front? Drum away all that and convert it into some rhythmic beats at a community drum circle, suggests 30-year-old Pune-based music therapist Arthur Fernandes.
The healing effects of music on body and soul are no stranger to a state that is home to some of the country's best musicians. And Fernandes plans to break in by making the concept of community drum circles (a rage across the world) a familiar scene in Goa.
"There is so much music in Goa. Konkani itself has such a welcoming tune to it," says Fernandes, who plans to set up his musical second base in Goa soon.
A near-death experience convinced this psychologist -he is trained in abnormal and developmental psychology and holds a master's degree in industrial psychology-to merge his profession with his childhood passion for music.
Drum circles are informal group sessions characterized by the presence of the African Djembe- known as a healing drum -and a facilitator (the one who guides the sessions).
"The benefits of drum circles are many. From strengthening team bonds while relieving stress to relaxing and re-energizing and even rejuvenating health rhythms," explains Fernandes, adding that anyone can play the Djembe.
Having facilitated sessions in various corporate houses, schools, orphanages and other organizations, including two in Siolim in Goa, Fernandes claims that the sessions which last 60 to 90 minutes help enhance participants' social skills and build self-confidence and esteem.
Fernandes, who traces his Goan roots to the state's temple town of Ponda, plans to launch 'No Strings Attached' in Goa within a month. He is currently scouting for a place to hold the drum circle sessions.
"'No Strings Attached' is all about letting go," says Fernandes who started playing the drums at age 6.
The music enthusiast, interestingly, dons quite a few other hats.
His bio-data displays his varied past and present positions ranging from his experience as an employee in the human resource department at Infosys, Pune, counsellor, music teacher, guest faculty at several management colleges, motivational speaker, member of a gospel band and even an occasional contributor to cyber crime investigations. [TOI]