Indian Instruments

Discussion in 'The ChitChat Lounge' started by Asmodeus, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. Asmodeus

    Asmodeus New Member


    Once again, I need some help for a project at work.

    If you know of any Indian peole, regardless of their age, location or ***, caste, creed, race, language, religion (you get the drift) who have invented, created a musical instrument, then please, please, please do tell me.

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    Secondly, to all those who listen to good FOLK music, gimme some names of prominent musicianas from your area who play any folk / classical instrument very well, and if possible, their contacts.

  2. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening

    I dunno if this qualifies.

    Living in India, you might not have heard of Debashish Bhattacharya but he is considered amongst the best slide guitarists in the world. He lives in Calcutta, plays Indian Classical music and also gives lessons in the old school guruji way. I can find out more about him if you want.

    For the Calcuttans who went to the John McLaughlin concert in January 2005, he's the slide guitarist who played a couple of songs with them in the middle of the show.
  3. jamhead

    jamhead Unknown Legend

    vishwa mohan bhat invented some instrument, which pardon my memory, i cant remember the name of. also i dont know vishwa mohan bhat's address.

    as for typical indian/folk music, you could mention the ghatam (a very close relative of the tom-tom) that they play in karnataki vocal recitals etc.

    and if you are a fan of rajasthani folk music, then you may mention some of their instruments, the sounds of which range from that of a camel's hoof landing on a sandstone fort (producing a sound roughly in the in the "tthack" family) to that of a pair of heavy bangles knocking against each other (in the "cching-trrring" family).

    and now about those reps you were talking about....
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  4. abhijitnath

    abhijitnath Fighting GAS frantically

    The instrument is called the Mohan Veena.
    Debashish Bhattacharya has also developed his own Hindustani slide guitar with chikari (sympathetic strings).
    U. Srinivas has altered the mandolin's strings..his have single strings instead of 12-string guitar type 6 strings through 3 courses.
    The santoor was an obscure folk instrument until Shiv Kumar Sharma took it out of oblivion...he changed tunings etc so that the instrument could develop something resembling meend (glissando).
    The kanjira ( a small snakeskin drum) was not a valid Carnatic instrument and used exclusively in folk until V. Selvaganesh (son of Vikku Vinayakaram) took it out of obscurity.
    The Bauls of Bengal use an instrument called a gubgubi-you might have seen Amit Kilam playing it in Indian Ocean concerts.
    You can Google for the Mehar Band for lots of stuff on revival of folk/classical music in India.
  5. the_wizard

    the_wizard Omega == God

    what is the name of the instrument that Indian Ocean's drummer plays
    other than the drums and flute
  6. abhijitnath

    abhijitnath Fighting GAS frantically

    Gubgubi..likha to maine:)
    And its a recorder, not a flute
  7. the_wizard

    the_wizard Omega == God

    achcha yeah...didnt read ur post fully....too long :p:
  8. Asmodeus

    Asmodeus New Member

    Thanks.. keep it coming
  9. jamhead

    jamhead Unknown Legend

    there's also the tantar - a cross breed instrument between a tanpura and a sitar.
  10. Asmodeus

    Asmodeus New Member

    Some more information on it please?
  11. jamhead

    jamhead Unknown Legend

    i dont have any and googling didnt help either.

    i saw it on tv tho once. the inventor played it and showed.

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