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SIBA – A Visual Approach to Explore Everyday Life in Turkish and Yugoslav Cities, 1920s and 1930s

Ramadan drummer on a square

Ramadan drummer on a square, © Cengiz Kahramanenlarge


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Object:Ramadan drummer on a square
Description:A Ramadan drummer in breeches, wearing a patterned sweater under his jacket and a flat cap, is playing a large davul on a cobbled square. He is followed by a crowd of children of various ages. Some are watching him, while others are looking in the photographer’s direction. Passers-by watch the scene from the background.
Comment:Photographs of Ramadan musicians were often printed on the first day of Ramadan celebrations. 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.
Date:Not before 1925, Not after 1940
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
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
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: BAYRAM - RAMAZAN DAVULCUSU - D 09J22
Editors:Joël László, Cengiz Kahraman, Nataša Mišković