Of music and musical instruments

Recently I visited a small yet very well organized museum of ancient musical instruments.  I read a moving paragraph on an information board in the museum. Photography was not allowed in the museum.  I stood there and wrote the paragraph down in my note book.  I am reproducing the same here.   Some of the things said in the short paragraph may sound very obvious to many of you.  Whoever contributed to writing the paragraph did a great job.

Musical instruments are inseparably connected to their functional purpose, i.e., the music created through them.  Engaging the interest of the public- is how exposition of musical instruments acquire its correct value.  With them we start, to them we return……in our study of the laws governing the sound present in nature…… of which we are a part.  In our investigations of the principles of harmony in the cosmos and in the microcosm of our being; in the exploration of the mechanisms of sound concealed within their structure and the materials out of which they are made;  in our knowledge of those who played them, for what occasions, whether accompanied by the sound of voice or the pass of a dance, if played alone or with others.  Every civilization and epoch choose among the many possible means to make music those that best respond to the expressive, aesthetic and social needs of the moment: thus, the inventions, the rejections, the transformations.  Hence, the history of musical instruments.


Image Courtesy:  ALL INDIA RADIO, Bengaluru


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