Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gujarat Saurashtra Parampara. Pakhwaj

Pakhawaj is essentially a north Indian version of the mridangam and is the most common north Indian representative of the class of barrel shaped drums known as mridang. It was once common throughout north India, but in the last few generations tabla has usurped its position of importance. It has a right head which is identical to tabla except somewhat larger. The left head is similar to the tabla bayan except that there is a temporary application of flour and water instead of the black permanent spot. It is laced with rawhide and has tuning blocks placed between the straps and shell.

There are several styles of pakhawaj playing. The most well known and important is for the accompaniment of dhrupad and dhammar singers; this however, is falling out of fashion. Pakhawaj is also very much used for Orissi dancers and occasionally for kathak. It is also found in a classical form from Rajasthan known as Haveli Sangeet.

 Gujarat Saurashtra Parampara Pakhwaj also among the many parampara pakhwaj. 

Swami Vivekananda was Guru Bhai of Mridangacharya Dulli Babu.  He was from Bengal Parampara phakwaj style.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

1st time I have seen this picture. It must be a rare snap. Thanks for sharing