With a dream of making it to the Guinness Book of World Records, artisian Ananda Gogoi from Sivasagar has made 6 feet long pepa, which is probably the world’s longest bamboo pepa.
Farmer and Artisan
Ananda, a farmer by profession, was always fond of making flutes and pepas. He even made bamboo spoons, frames of spectacles, trunks of khul, nagaras and many other things from bamboo. ‘Since my childhood, I have been in this craft and have been trying to make the longest pepa,’ shared Ananda, ‘My son helps me in making the instruments.’
Interestingly, he never uses animal parts in the instruments he makes, ‘Generally, some parts of the dhol are made from cow skin and pepa is made with buffallo horn. But I do not encourage using animal parts, I only use bamboo.’
Earlier long pepas were used as war bugles by the kings, but now they are mostly kept in museums, ‘So far, I have sold four such pepas, two to the officials of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and two at the Artfed Fair in Khanapara.
Ananda is now planning to make a pair of tabla and doba with bamboo. ‘I also have a dream to present a bamboo jacket to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,’ he shared.