Wednesday 29 February 2012

Indian Musical Instruments

This week we have all had chance to play Indian instruments:

The pitch bending sitar.

The hammered harp-like santoor.
 The loud dhol!

Ostinato rhythms, called talas were played on tablas (a type of Indian hand drum):

We were accompanied by a drone (a continuous pitched sound) provided by an Indian harmonium. As well as listening to traditional Indian and modern Indian music from Bollywood, we have listened to English musicians who have been inspired by Indian music, such as the Beatles and the Imagined Village.

You can sing along with a Gujarati song ‘Ame sau vala tara bal’ at the following link:

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