The instrument plays

Satar and Sarod are musical instruments that face Rasika and he cannot see the melodies on them

Mukund Sangoram
In the post-independence period, musical instruments became an integral part of every musical concert. Families formed from the style of musical instruments also began to gain importance.
Although musical instruments entered the realm of Indian music after singing, their prestige grew more than singing. Since the instruments do not need words and the meanings that come from them, they express ‘only’ music. This is probably the reason why musical instruments have gained importance in music cultures created in all regions of the world. However, in the periphery of Indian art, the instrumentalists did not compete with singing, they did it themselves. The variety of styles created to play Indian music on these instruments is their striking difference. Whether it is harp or flute, sarod or satar; These instruments worshiped only Indian tones. Created a separate language for it. He tried to make the language understandable to the audience. It was a beautiful musical instrument. The tremendous achievements of the musicians in the last century are unmatched. The difference between most Indian vocalists is that it requires a great deal of practice. It is not possible to see where the tone is on some instruments, and yet the instrument’s fingers have to be seen to determine the tone of the instrument. Satar and Sarod are musical instruments that face Rasika and he cannot see the melodies on them. The musician, however, rides on the guesses only. This guess is a sign of the artist’s riad. Ustad Allauddin Khan, the founder of the Maihar family, sowed the seeds of nobility in these instruments. His son Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, disciple Pandit Ravi Shankar and daughter Annapurna Devi planted the tree. Although the alapi, gat, jod, zhala in musical instruments is a tradition that is closely related to the singing style, there is a difference in expressing the characteristics of that instrument. The following statement of veteran satar player and music thinker Bhaskar Chandavarkar regarding musical instruments is very important and valuable. He says, ‘The instrument plays, it speaks what you say. The one who can be called is called an instrument. But one important principle we must keep in mind is that the quality of the music is not determined by the instrument. It depends on the intelligence and talent of the player. The range, boundaries, capabilities of the instrument are always increasing. Numerous possibilities are created from the instrument. Not all of those possibilities are in the genius of the musician. So most of the instruments are full of musicians, that’s for sure. The invention of wisdom through music continues indefinitely, that is why! ‘

Just as the melody in the singing is accepted by the instruments, so is the flute between the strings (pulling the strings in a certain way to reach the exact tone). It deals with the capacity of the body. It needs to be mastered in order for the tone to be neat. Therefore, it is natural for these instruments to have physical limitations. This is not the case with string instruments. If the strings are controlled, the music can continue uninterrupted for longer. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. Because of that uniqueness, everyone’s playing can bring different kinds of pleasure. Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Wilayat Khan, Ustad Abdul Halim Jafar Khan or today’s Ustad Shahid Parvez all have different views on style and tone. Some play with a singing organ and some with a stringed organ. Each of them is different and beautiful as they come together on the swing of tones, doing delicate craftsmanship. All the artists used their talents to enhance the eternal creativity of those instruments and that is why this unique gallery of music became rich. Musical instruments can capture the music in Rasika’s mind and thus Rasika experiences a unique uplifting state. The reason for this is the mass of tones, as well as the rhythmic playing. The extraordinary importance that Lai has gained in instrumental music shows its uniqueness over singing. It is very important to have the same accompaniment of a percussionist in a good instrumentalist. Performing instrumentalists, who performed only to accompany the ERV and to bring the music into a rhythmic rhythm, became a staple in the concert. In singing, the tabla is used only to make the rhythm appear and to give more lifting to the singing. In instrumental music, however, this instrument is very popular. Tabalji should be equally creative to illuminate every melody expressed through that instrument. This led to the emergence of many talented tabla players in the field of Indian instrumental music. He started getting the same respect. A harmonious combination of tabla and musical instrument is required to make the game beautiful. For that, the two musicians need to communicate with each other. He is a puppet and will not walk. The combination of such an instrumentalist and such a tabla player is another feature of instrumental music. Ustad Allarkha, who was constantly playing the tabla with Pandit Ravi Shankar, had a good sense of humor (he was a musician himself. He also composed music for many Hindi films under the name A. R. Qureshi in the 40’s and 50’s).

Not much was done during the British rule to transcend Indian music. Naturally it. Talented artists like Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan made their debut in the court of Western music in the sixties. This artist, who introduced Indian music to the West and established it there, laid the foundation of a truly global world. It should be noted that when many Indian artists go abroad today, they get the appreciation they get for their basic work there (Ustad Ali Akbar Khan founded the Ali Akbar College of Music in Kolkata in 1956. But due to its growing popularity abroad, Founded this organization.). With this first gold medal of Indian music on the world map, the number of fans watching this ‘Melody’s’ music has increased. This musical tradition of Indian music became world famous and today it seems to have turned into a banyan tree. In the post-Indian period, musical instruments became an integral part of every concert. Indian instruments like Satar, Sarod, Santoor, Flute, Veena started appearing in the concert. Families formed from the style of musical instruments also began to gain importance. Each of these instruments enriched the music, but kept our tradition fresh with constant innovation. The delicate flamboyance and emotional juiciness seen from the satari, the solidity of the sarod, the sweetness of the flute, the elegance of the veena are what rejuvenate the audience.

The juxtaposition of tabla and musical instruments has become one of the attractions of recent times. It’s not that he was good at music. In fact, the excess of such complementary juggling has become a major problem for music today. It is true that Tabalji used to perform his art and the instrumentalist only waved, which gives him a chance, but in the form of question and answer, the fun part of it is slowly diminishing and the applause of the audience is increasing. That doesn’t happen in singing. That shouldn’t happen. The musicians should take care that the fun in the music is not diminished by increasing the intoxication of the music in the instrument.


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