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Colors of Seven Indian Classical Instruments by Allyn Miner, Kala Ramnath, Tarun Bhattacharya, Snehasis Muzumdar, Debashish Bhattacharya, Daya Shankar & Arawind Thatte

Colors of Seven Indian Classical Instruments by Allyn Miner, Kala Ramnath, Tarun Bhattacharya, Snehasis Muzumdar, Debashish Bhattacharya, Daya Shankar & Arawind Thatte

A wonderful introduction to Indian classical instruments

Original Inlay Notes

1. Daya Shankar The Shehnai is the North Indian oboe. A double reed mouthpiece attached to a thin metal tube is fitted into the end of the instrument’s body. The hollow wood body has seven fingerholes and is slightly flared, with a metal bell at the end. The ancestor of this instrument was the Persian surna or surnay, used in the outdoor court and temple ensemble called the naubat, which performed at fixed times of the day and for special events in medieval North India. Gujari Todi is also known as Gurjari is characterized by a repeated gliding movement between Re and Ga. The tonic Sa is avoided for several sequences of phrases and there is pronounced use of the predominant note Dha on which many phrases resolve. 2. Debashish Bhattacharya Western guitars have been known and used in India since at least the 19th century, and have been used in film and light music ensembles for several decades but the guitar was developed as a serious concert instrument in…

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