Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. and this lovely khol playing in this typical bengali bhajan , shyaam rang ranga re from apne paraaye. Lal Qila and Raj Hath do have Rajputana components, but no nagadas as far as I remember. It is both a string as well as percussion instrument since you have to use mallets to play it. "The pages are reproduced from the standard editions used by every symphony orchestra." Very spring-y song, and drums can be so good at conveying that sense of exuberance. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Would it surprise you that I had thought of this theme for a post? (Or do another post on unconventional percussion instruments! And, feel free to go beyond the 60s in your comments. I’m cheating a bit, but here’s a song that features the “damroo.” While it’s heard throughout the song you can only see it briefly when Aruna Irani plays it as the beginning of the song. Also what are the sizes of the orchestral forces at your disposal? Great post, Madhu! ); here’s Raj Kapoor on the dholak>. But I'm not sure that would exactly suit your concert :) Shostakovich 15 has a pretty fun percussion toccata in it too. ( Log Out /  The Meters, a New Orleans 'Back-beat' band, were led by Joseph 'Ziggy' Modeliste an absolutely incredible drummer. Karthik has linked to the song in his comment above, but WordPress seems to be acting up, so the video hasn’t got embedded. May be I am wrong and haven’t just seen enough movies.. Hmm. A very young Shashikala and so adept at playing the Matka. I remember seeing the gharha being used a lot in folk song performances that used to be aired on Srinagar’s Doordarshan channel ages back when we lived in Srinagar. I had emailed Anu about the percussion songs while I was listening to “sham rang ranga re, har pal tera re” from Apne Paraye ( and then many came to my mind, most of which you have listed :) ). His companion and colleague, played by Kammo, however carries a pair of maracas nearly all through the song and shakes them every now and then. Maracas. Instrumentation: It's not as percussion-heavy as some of the other suggestions in this thread, but it would work better than a really modern piece (i.e., Asyla) for a layman audience. Tracy Thomas ( came up with this solution: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) wrote The Turn of the Screw in 1954 based on the controversial ghost story of the same name by Henry James. :p. What are some of your favorite pieces that have cool percussion? Castanets produce a distinctive clicking sound which has been used very effectively in several very well-known Hindi songs (do check out rsbaab’s informative and very interesting post on this—there were some surprises here for me). Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Madhulika Liddle and Dusted Off with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. To be honest, I hadn’t known that instrument was called a sapp either… I learnt it only when doing my research for this post. Come to think of it, though, I can’t recall any films from the 50s or 60s that were set specifically in Rajasthan. Act I, Variation IV contains a difficult percussion accompaniment involving four timpani in addition to the other non pitched drums. Take care, Anu. The tambourines show up near 2:57 The trio premiered the work at the Autumn Festival at the Opera Comique in Paris. Oh yes, I did see that song with manjeera, well, then one more. In Govind bolo hari gopal bolo from Johnny Mera Naam, while Hema Malini mainly sings with the iktara, she also briefly uses a pair of khadtals towards the end of the song: If one were to take into consideration that the other people in the song are the chorus and so are technically also singing, then there are other percussion instruments here too, including dholaks and manjeeras. I just need to write it up. It was written in 1931 and thirteen performers are needed, playing thirty-nine instruments. And with the increasing penchant for having background songs rather than people lip-syncing to them, that’s probably going to go further downhill…. After some inquiries in I was able to clear up some facts regarding the USA premier performance (thanks to Ted Boliske who pointed me to the Percussive Notes issue of April 1994. I'd put Sabre Dance as the feature piece for that. Whether you're a musician, a newbie, a composer or a listener, welcome. I love Bechara dil kya kare (and I like Khushboo too). Yes, the post (and its sister posts on stringed instruments and pianos) is about musical instruments appearing onscreen, not merely being used in the recording of the music – that would not have been much of a problem to find, I think. “Mausam aaya hai rangeen”. I love this song, Lata’s singing, the simplicity of the whole scene. Xilófono (Congo), Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. Yes, you’re right about Albela (in fact, I rewatched Shola jo bhadke because I had a memory of Bhagwaan – incorrect, as it turned out – playing the bongos).


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