Parts of A Madal

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This is a very small step to let people know about this great n unique nepali drum to the world.
With the arrival of modern western music instruments at the market of Dailekh, the popularity of Madal (Nepali folk musical instrument) is slowly declining at the district.

The profession of making madal which has been traditionally adopted by the Badi community is facing high risk and is on verge of disappearing from all parts of the district.

As the festival of Haritalika, (a festival celebrated among the women) is coming near, the entrepreneurs of the district who have been selling madals for many years said that due to the arrival of modern instruments at the district the selling of madal had fallen down in comparison of earlier years.

The Badi community has been earning their livelihood by making the Sulpa and madal since ancient period. But when their ancient profession is facing the risk of total disappearance, the community is compelled to change their profession, said Babu Lal Badi of Rakamkarnali VDC.

The locals of Badi community stated that the madal which is constructed from the timber of Simal and animal skin was very difficult to make. They had to spend hours making just the khari (black part in the leather of the Madal which produces the music).

Prem Badi, one of the madal entrepreneurs of district, said that at early days they used to sell one madal at Rs. 400 to 1500 but these days the selling of Madal was gradually decreasing though the price is half from the earlier.

The Badi community residing at Ramkarnali, Ramghat, Chamunda, Lakandra, Jambukadh, Dulllu VDCs of district are traditionally involved in the profession of madal making since ancient period.

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