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Instruments of Hindustani Classical Music

REQUIRED VIDEOS:

"Darbar: Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri - Demonstration of Dhir Dhir"

“Parveen Sultana”

“Pandit Sharda Sahai-Tal Comp”


TAMBURA

Chordophone

4 - 6 strings

Provides the underlying drone that is present in nearly all Classical music forms of India (North and South)

VIDEO

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TABLA


Membranophone

Pair of drums: small right hand drum called dayan and a larger metal one called bayan

One of the primary percussion (accompaniment) instruments in Hindustani Classical Music

 

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SITAR

 

Chordophone/Lute/Fretted

Sympathetic strings/Gourd Resonator

One of the primary melodic (soloist) instruments in Hindustani Classical Music

 

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SAROD

Chordophone/Lute/Fretless

Sympathetic strings

One of the primary melodic (soloist) instruments in Hindustani Classical Music

 

 

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BANSURI



Aerophone

Cross-blown, bamboo flute

One of the primary melodic (soloist) instruments in Hindustani Classical Music

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SHEHNAI

Aerophone

Double-reed

One of the primary melodic (soloist) instruments in Hindustani Classical Music

 

 

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HARMONIUM

Aerophone

Small pump-organ; left hand pumps bellows while right hand plays keyboard

 

 

Common accompaniment instrument in North India and Pakistan

Major role in Pakistani Qawwali music

 

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Sargam (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Da Ni Sa)

 

 

(Sargam improvisation happens at 32:10, among other places)

 


Bols

 

 


Indian Classical Dance

 

Mudras (Kathak Dance)

 

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