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Little girl watches Ramadan drummer

Little girl watches Ramadan drummer, © Cengiz Kahramanenlarge


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Object:Little girl watches Ramadan drummer
Description:A Ramadan drummer in a flat cap is playing the davul, looking towards the camera. A man in an official hat is standing in front of an open door, looking at the drummer. Next to him in the door, a festively dressed little girl is also watching the drummer.
Comment:The picture was published on the front page of Yeni Gün together with other photographs under the title, ‘The beautiful weather enhanced the gaiety of the holiday’, to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan. The legend reads: ‘One of the Bahşış (tip) collectors walking the neighbourhood with a drum’. Photographs of Ramadan musicians were often printed on the first day of Ramadan celebrations. They 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:Havaların Güzelliği Bayramın Neşesini Artırdı. Yeni Gün, 22 Feburary 1931, 1.
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: BAYRAM - RAMAZAN DAVULCUSU - 001
Editors:Joël László, Cengiz Kahraman