Gauli Dhong (The Cowherd Sketch)
From Music of Goa
Ranmale is an open-air folk theater performance based on the Ramayana. Stories from the Ramayana are narrated through songs accompanied by the ghummat, small gongs and drums. The Dhong is a comic interlude during the Ranmale performance and consists of a short skit with dialogue between two characters generally based on topics which are not part of the Ramayana epic. This dhong mimics and describes a cowherd with his turban, his shawl and the digging tool he carries at his side.