“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Said Sir Johann Sebastian Bach. But what if we no longer have instruments to play???
Would you be able to envision a world without drums and guitars? For most of us, that’s a nightmare as we want to be surrounded by music. Deplorably, when instruments drop out of support, they ultimately vanish as the musicians aren’t generally watchful to leave guidelines on the most proficient method to manufacture or play them. To cream the ice, the impact of westernization has overhauled the Indian music industry as far as generation frameworks, instruments, strategies and different styles are concerned.
But a partially good news is that we Indians have managed to partially and at times fully protect our tribal harmonies and melodies even in this cutting-edge period of progress. The legendary melodic abilities of our ancestors like Tabla, Sitar, Bansuri and other well understood and established instruments are still passed down the generation of musicians, but there are a few instruments which unintentionally or unwittingly are losing their reality in people’s hearts. Despite the fact that we take colossal pride in the rich melodic legacy of our nation, there are a few instruments, both folk and classical that are either lost to time or are at the very edge of extinction. While some of these instruments as recorded below, still flourish in little niches and corners of the nation, soon they will be lost to us, even when there is an inheritance that should be saved.
The state of this bowed instrument looks like that of a peacock. Cut out of wood, it is connected with a genuine peacock bill and plumes. With sixteen frets, fifteen sympathetic strings and four tune strings the Mayuri, or peacock is related to Saraswati, the goddess of music. This instrument has a solid association with Punjab as the 6th Guru, Guru Hargobind is said to have created this instrument. It has a rich, resonant sound and creates smooth music.
A single string melodic instrument that is generally played by the pointer (index) finger is one of the most established melodic instrument utilized as a part of conventional music from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Egypt. The instrument is so easy to understand that it can even be played while moving.
Considered as the sweetest instrument, this harp-like instrument that takes after a bow requires the two hands to play with strings tuned to a particular scale. Its name originates from a fanciful creature called Yali since the tip of the stem is cut in the shape of the creature. Yazh was a well-known instrument in Tamil Nadu and travelers and philosophers specify in the historical scholarly works, however, it vanished from the nation, years ago. Today it is just found in art-galleries and with a couple of instrument gatherers and enthusiasts.
4. Jal Tarang
The least complex shape from all the melodic instrument family, which gives you a song by simply striking the edge of water filled earthenware bowls. A sweet mood that influences you to go gaga for music is tragically today played by just 4 or 5 known specialists. The main antiquated instrument, where water is utilized to adjust the tune. Wish we could really drag out this workmanship to the people to come, yet this reverberating sound is truly falling into blankness because of the absence of enthusiasm among students.
Tapang is an Assamese instrument produced using Tita Lau, an unappetizing gourd. The instrument looks like that of the snake charmer’s woodwind, however, the sound delivered is very extraordinary. Obviously, the unpalatable gourd used to produce this instrument is viewed as unholy to be developed in the lawn of a family unit, consequently causing a decline in its development bringing about the gradual demise of this instrument.
Remember the snake charmers who play a breeze instrument before the snake to control it, that instrument is known as Pungi or more commonly known as the ‘been’. We were extremely glad to see these charmers playing Pungi at least as a road music, yet sadly we are losing even that appeal as well.
Nagfani that truly means wind hood is an instrument made of the metal tube with a serpent adapted head. Normally observed around being conveyed by heavenly men, it was generally utilized by tantric or mantrik custom entertainers, as a symbol of power by summoning the serpent which loops around the neck of Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction. This instrument can still be found in the western locales of the nation, particularly in Gujarat and Rajasthan, but that’s about it. The rest of the country may not have even seen one of these in their lives.