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A Carpenter's Symphony: A carpenter-turned-didgeridoo maker wants to earn a decent living and follow his dream.
After bringing warm smiles to the kids in Manali, we began journeying towards our next location - Rishikesh. In this spiritual town, we found a story waiting to be told - a story of discovering one's true calling, a story of finding inner calm through rhythmic drones and beats.
Meet Mukhesh Dhiman, a passionate and hard-working man who started off as a carpenter, and learnt the art of making Didgeridoos - a traditional Australian aboriginal musical instrument, from an Australian tourist.
He gave up a well-paying job to follow his passion of crafting and selling Didgeridoos. It is difficult to make ends meet, but he says he is lucky that he has a loving and supporting family.
This is his workshop, where he makes Didgeridoos, Djembes and African percussion instruments, along with his sons. He also allows tourists to visit his workshop and craft Didgeridoos with him.
The tools they use requires a lot of manual effort, and crafting a single Didgeridoo takes about 8 days.
We wanted to sharpen the rough edges for him by giving him electric tools worth Rs. 9,000, so that their effort would be reduced and they could make more Didgeridoos every month, which would bring in more income.
Do Righters contributed generously and helped complete Mukesh's Half Story. His son accompanied Pankaj to the market to select the electric tools.
Everyone was overjoyed to receive the tool kit, and they told us that now, making a Didgeridoo would just take a day!
They performed a traditional Indian custom of blessing their work tools and tying a sacred thread on it, before they use it.
We've never seen Mukesh smile so much since we stepped into his workshop, and before we knew it, we had to leave again. Dhiman cooked up a special meal for us that night, and we set off in search of another Half Story the next morning!
A few days later, Mukesh told us that a benefactor from Delhi had viewed our video and travelled all the way to Rishikesh to pick up a Didgeridoo from him. We're glad that the legacy of Doing Right continues long after we've done our bit.
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