Folk music is a culture, it is the culture we all belong to and have grown up with! It is magical how it is capable of connecting diverse souls, and we like to believe that it has some magic wands to do so. These wands are the lesser known instruments that play a major role in creating real music, the melodies we all relate and twirl to. Today we are happy to share some of these with you:
A double flute made out of bamboo, Algoze also called as Jorhi is a popular folk instrument used in Punjab and Rajasthan. One of the flute usually plays a continuous drone while the other plays different tunes to give it versatility. Algoze works on the similar principle to that of a bagpiper and hence it is important for the Algoze player to master the art. The fast recapturing of breath on each beat creates a beautiful swing rhythm. The greatest exponents of Algoze are Ustad Khamisu Khan and his son Akbar Khamisu Khan.
Harmonium also commonly known as pump organ stands as one of the most important instruments used in folk music and other forms of music. Its ancient form had the usage of human legs to press the pedal and create music and both the hands were occupied on the keyboard. It later evolved to a hand press one. It's widely used because it creates music using keys and air. It generates sound as air flows past a vibrating piece of thin metal in a frame. The piece of metal is called a reed. It stands as the most protean instruments of all time.
Been(also known as pungi) was originated in India for folk music purposes. However, it also became famous for charming of snakes and other religious purposes. It’s a wind instrument and is considered as one of the most strenuous instruments to play because it is played without pauses. It has 2 pipes made of wood, bamboo or metal and set into a gourd. It requires great stamina to charm the snakes with this instrument.
This 4 string instrument is often placed like a bow and played. It is highly misunderstood that Violin is a western musical instrument. In India and mainly in the folk music genre Violin stands as one of the most conventionally used instrument. It requires a lot of arm strength to create music out of a violin. It is considered prestigious if one has mastered to fashion a violin. It sounds exceptionally well in a folk fusion setup.