Musically Inclined

As I already discussed about what Golu has in store, this is one of the small nuggets that I picked at a nice annual golu stall in Bombay. The set has tablas, a harmonium and a sitar. My only grouse with the set is that it is made of PoP (plaster of Paris) and is not very eco-friendly.

The Harmonium is a free-reed organ, producing music through air flowing from a vibrating piece of thin metal in a frame. It is a popular fixture for those training in classical Indian music and dance forms.

The tabla is a traditional percussion instrument that has two single headed, barrel shaped small drums of slightly different size and shapes: daya meaning right, and baya meaning left. Each is made wood or clay or brass, with hoops, thongs and wooden dowels on its sides. The dowels and hoops are used to tighten the tension of the membrane.

It

isn’t an easy instrument to master and playing needs extensive use of fingers and palms in various configurations to create sounds and rhythms.

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