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The bamboo flute of South India

Text: Ludwig Pesch | Art: Arun V.C. The flute has played a key role in India’s artistic life since antiquity. This is evident from writings on dance-drama, mythology, sculptures and paintings. Its playing technique must have been highly developed for a very long time. Different names are used for it, for instance kuzhal (pronounced like “kulal” or “kural”) in Tamil speaking regions; and bānsurī […]

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Slideshow | India Inspiration – Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

For ten years this exhibition celebrated the sources of inspiration shared by Indian and Western artists; and at the same time, it traced the role of migrants from India via Suriname through songs, memorabilia, and documentary film footage. Concept and research: Ludwig Pesch (www.aiume.org) in collaboration with museum staff and Architectenbureau Jowa (www.jowa.nl). On display […]

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Rhythmic patterns and sound that came before sense

The mockingbird’s elusive complexity still sounds like a code waiting to be cracked. It may be harder to answer the question of what birds sing than why! Think of the power of mantras, Hindu incantations that on the surface are composed of nonsense syllables but when internalized lead the soul to higher spiritual states. So are the […]

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Würdigungen von Prof. Dr. Srinivasa Ayya Srinivasan

Prof. Dr. S.A. Srinivasan 18.09.1932 – 02.05.2019 Würdigung von Prof. Dr. Srinivasa Ayya Srinivasan, Universität Hamburg, durch seinen Kollegen Lambert Schmithausen, anlässlich der Gedenkfeier am 20. Mai 2019 | Text der Würdigung (PDF) >> Würdigung durch seine ehemalige Schülerin Karin Preisendanz, Universität Wien, anlässlich der Gedenkfeier am 20. Mai 2019 (verlesen von seinem Freund und […]

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De tambura

Het belangrijkste begeleidingsinstrument van India – ook bekend als tanpura – sierde de salons van vorsten, kooplieden en courtisanes lang voordat het ruim een eeuw geleden zijn intocht deed in het openbare concertleven. Zijn huidige vorm, meestal met vier snaren, is sinds de zeventiende eeuw bekend. Het verenigt in zich kenmerken van de Indiase citer […]

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The tambura (tanpura)

Text: Ludwig Pesch | Art: Arun V.C. The tambura – also known as tanpura – has long served as India’s most important accompaniment. It accompanies vocal and instrumental performers as well as dance musicians. It has embellished the salons of nobles, merchants and courtisans long before its arrival on the modern concert stage. Its present form with four strings […]

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Die Tambura

Text: Ludwig Pesch | Art: V.C. Arun Das wichtigste Begleitinstrument Indiens zierte die Salons von Fürsten, Kaufleuten und Kurtisanen. Seit dem frühen 20. Jahrhundert beflügelt der Klangreichtum gerade dieses Instruments die Fantasie eines neu entstehenden Konzertpublikums. Seither ist die aktive Teilnahme von Rasika genannten Musikliebhabern nicht mehr aus dem Musikleben Indiens wegzudenken. Die Tambura (Tānpūra in Nordindien) hat meist vier Saiten. […]

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Yves Rousguisto playing a newly made « galoubet » (flute Provençale)

After making and tuning this beautiful reed flute within about half an hour, Yves Rousguisto plays it to demonstrate its fingering. More information about musician, musicologist, teacher and instrument maker Yves Rousguisto is found on his homepage and social media account: http://yves.rousguisto.pagesperso-orange.fr https://www.facebook.com/yves.rousguistoVideo taken in Vence on 15 June 2019 by Ludwig Pesch (recipient of […]

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Why Carnatic Music Matters More Than Ever

by Ludwig Pesch Published by Shankar Ramchandran on behalf of Dhvani Ohio Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License For this musicologist and author, there are good reasons to believe that Carnatic music matters, perhaps more than ever and almost anywhere in the world. So why not perform and teach it in the service of better education for all, […]

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On the responsibility to share one’s legacy: “My music is never isolated” – Aruna Sairam

The Sangita Kalanidhi is a happy validation of Sairam’s life and struggles, but “it also entails an important responsibility — to record, document, and share,” she points out. This year’s Sangita Kalanidhi awardee says the freedom to create helped her channel her life into art | Read the full interview (The Hindu, 5 October 2018) […]