Legend has it when the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb banned music, his court musicians decided to appeal to his sense of mercy to save their livelihood. One Friday, as Aurangzeb was going to the mosque, he saw an elaborate funeral procession being carried by the musicians, who were ‘crying aloud with great grief, and many signsContinue reading “Uncovering Pakistan’s Sitar Story”
“What?” you might be asking, “this is a surbahar? It looks like a regular sitar! Cheaters! I was promised a new instrument not an old one! Quacks! I want my money back!” But fear not, gentle reader. This is, in fact, a surbahar, despite all evidence to the contrary. This instrument, which is also sometimesContinue reading “The Surbahar”
The fifth episode of our series is here! In this episode, we will yet again learn a new tabla composition form, the vistar, as well as how it is related to the kaida. Get ready!
When it comes to Pakistani classical music, few mention the pakhavaj. Now, of course, all of you must be clamouring to know what exactly a pakhawaj is, but, patience, please. We need to rant first. So, coming back to our original topic, the tabla, the dhol, even the dholak; all of these are much moreContinue reading “The Pakhawaj”
Welcome back to Save the Sitar with the fourth episode of In the Footsteps of the Masters! In this episode, we will be learning a new tabla composition form, the kaida, as well as how to play it. Remember, your feedback is always valued here at Save the Sitar!