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Extinct Indian Musical Instruments

By SiliconIndia  |   Friday, 09 March 2012, 02:59 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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Bangalore: Hardcore music devotees will tell you that even in this electronic age, there is not even a single instrument to match the versatility of human body. We can produce aerophonic sound by using our lips, our vocal cord is a perfect chordophone and we can create idiophonic sounds by clapping hands, no wonder why the ancient people used human bones and skin to make music instruments.



India has a rich culture in music and it’s a birth place to many famous instruments. But with the influence of modern instruments, wide varieties of old instruments have gone silent and ended up in museums. Here we list some famous instruments which have disappeared or on the verge of extinction.



Rudra-veena



Rudra veena is considered as the mother of all stringed instruments. It reigned supreme two centuries ago but today there are hardly any Rudra veena players left in India. The instrument has a hollow tubular body made of wood or bamboo and strings which is meant to produce a music that is perhaps too subtle and refined for the modern age although it is famous for its meditative qualities. 



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Reader's comments(5)
1: I have seen Morsing played expertly by Arun Kumar of bangalore, quite recently. It is not very common in Carnatic Music Concerts, but hardly extinct. Far from that.
Posted by:Krishna - 17 Mar, 2012
2: 1: Rudra veena is hardly extinct. Look at the 9-Chitravina (rudhra veena has been renamed Chitravina) orchestra performance which took place recently in Bangalore. Chitra veena artists are many, the most notable of them being Ravikiran, the child prodigy who was taught by his father and guru, Mr. Narasimhan.

http://www.acharyanet.com/02/acharyanet-videos/chitravina-ravikirans-9-chitravina-orchestra-with-pancharatna-krithis/

saraswathi
Posted by:Saraswathi - 11 Mar, 2012
3:
Thank you for the information
SI Replied to: Saraswathi - 11 Mar, 2012
4: Rudra veena is hardly extinct. Look at the 9-Chitravina (rudhra veena has been renamed Chitravina) orchestra performance which took place recently in Bangalore. Chitra veena artists are many, the most notable of them being Ravikiran, the child prodigy who was taught by his father and guru, Mr. Narasimhan.

saraswathi
Posted by:Saraswathi - 11 Mar, 2012
5: Good selections.
Posted by:Hazin - 09 Mar, 2012
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