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CH – Raga CDs of the Months (02-03/2015): The Harmonium in Indian Classical Music.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 9, 2015

Pandit Purushottam Walawalkar while performing at Rajpipla Festival of Musica and Dance — in Rajpipla, India. (Source: Harmonium Wizzard @ Facebook, 08/02/2013)

Pandit Purushottam Walawalkar while performing at Rajpipla Festival of Musica and Dance — in Rajpipla, India. (Source: Harmonium Wizzard @ Facebook, 08/02/2013)

The promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic presents today – as  premiere in Switzerland on FM/cable (and as webradio) – the 2nd part of the topic “The Harmonium in Indian classical music [subtitle: From the exile … from accompanying the solo instrument]”. The broadcasting is our commemoration of legendary harmonium maestro Pandit Purushottam Madhaavrao Walawalkar, who deceased on 13th January 2014.

The harmonium you can meet throughout whole India… and in almost all music genres on the South Asian continent. You can hear the unmistakable sound of the harmonium in Rabindra Sangeet ( Tagore songs ) in the Indian state of Bengal, in Natya Sangeet in Maharashtra as well as in the Indian film, for ghazals and Indian classical music.

The hand-operated, single-handed playing Harmonium is one of the most popular instruments in India. One finds the key instrument in many Indian households, in temples and Indian theaters. – And even can hear it on traveling in Indian railways, the main transport system of India.

The harmonium is used mainly as an accompanying instrument for vocal performers of Khayals, the modern vocal style in North Indian classical music or thumri-s of light Indian classical music, as well as in music teaching and for composing.

dates of  broadcasting…

part 1:  23rd Febr 2015 – 04:00-05:00 pm EST (10:00-11:00 pm CET) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
part 2:  
9th March 2015 – 04:00-05:00 pm EST (10:00 pm – 12:00 pm CET) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
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Samvadini - a modified version of harmonium to...

With technical innovations in the 70s, the Indian harmonium got its final name: Samvadini (derived from the Sanskrit word Samvad = harmony).

Among Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus this instrument is very popular for accompanying devotional prayer songs, such as Shabad-s, Kirtan-s and Bhajan-s. For Sikhs the harmonium is known as Vaja (or Baja  = “instrument you can play”). In some regions of Northern India it is called Peti (= wooden box).

On 13 January 2014 the harmonium player Pandit Purushottam Madhaavrao Walawalkar (born on 11th June 1923) has died. In Indian classical music Walawalkar counts on his instrument as the most important accompanying musician of the 20th century. In his memory we will present Purushottam Walawalkar on the harmonium through the entire show, accompanying the greatest vocal interpreters  of North Indian classics… e.g. Girija Devi , Shobha Gurtu , Kishori Amonkar , Bhimsen Joshi , Ulhas Kashalkar and Jitendra Abhisheki .

The recording of this broadcast you can re-listen as all shows of the past years from our online archive. Pls visit: .


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