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Author: S Krishnaswami
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
The polished, ivory-ornamented elegance of modern Indian musical instruments such as the veena, the sitar and the sarod affords little idea as to how primitive were the instruments from which they are descended. In fact, the main families of existing musical instruments can all be traced to various devices of primitive man to make music which sounded different from his own voice.
Amongst the commonly accepted main classes of instruments, namely the string, the wind and the percussion, the last mentioned has the earliest origin. Every variety of percussion instrument contributes rhythm and dynamism to whatever type of music it accompanies.
Rhythm comes naturally to man, since everything in creation moves to it. It is man’s oldest impulse. The ceremonial dancing of primitive man was a great outlet for his emotions, both when experiencing pleasure and when appeasing the God he feared. The basic impulse of rhythm in him led him to standardize the various forms of emotional expression he was familiar with and to create and design rhythmic instruments.
Bin (Northern Veena)