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Ramadan drummer followed by children

Ramadan drummer followed by children, © Cengiz Kahramanenlarge


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Object:Ramadan drummer followed by children
Description:A Ramadan drummer is playing the davul. He is accompanied by a man in an official hat. A group of children in festive urban dress is following them down the road. An old man with a white beard crosses the group walking uphill, turning his back to the camera.
Comment:The picture was published on 22 Feburary 1931 in Cumhuriyet with the legend, ‘A random picture in a street taken on the first day of celebrations: A drummer and people heading for the festivities’. The Ramadan drummers traditionally walk the streets to wake up the inhabitants in time for sahur, the last meal before sunrise and a day of fasting.
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Creator:Görgüç, Namık (probably)
Keywords:530 Arts > 533 Music
530 Arts > 534 Musical Instruments
570 Interpersonal Relations > 571 Social Relationships and Groups
730 Social Problems > 735 Poverty
520 Recreation > 527 Rest Days and Holidays
Bibliography:Gelip geçen bayram. Cumhuriyet, 22 Feburary 1931, 1.
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: BAYRAM - RAMAZAN DAVULCUSU - BEKCI BAHSIS TOPLUYOR
Editors:Joël László, Cengiz Kahraman