In the blogchatter’s A2Z campaign, I will be presenting blogposts on ‘EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED INDIAN ARTIST’ in the alphabetical order. Today, G– Ganesan – Jala Tarangam. First few lines on the instrument - then about the artist.
"Without music, life would be a mistake" - Friedrich Nietzsche
Jal Tarangam is a percussion
instrument which gives out a melodious music. It is a set of bowls filled with
water. This is a prominent and ancient wave instrument. Porcelain cups are arranged in a semicircle in front of the
player and the player softly hits the cups with a wooden stick on the border to
obtain the sound.
Origin of this instrument is
credited to the sub –continent and reference to this instrument can be found in
ancient texts. The enchanting tinkle produced by this
instrument is perhaps one of the the most melodious and soothing sounds. By
varying the volume of water in the bowls, sounds of varying frequencies are
produced by tapping the brim of the bowl using wooden sticks.
He is a veteran
in the field of Jala Tarangam and is a busy artiste in the Margazhi festival of
Chennai in the December-January season. His disciple, Vikas Achutharamaih, is
gaining reputation as a jalatarangam vidwan.
S.Ganesan did his best to save this instrument and revive its past glory. This
instrument continues to play a big part in the Indian Classical music scene.