european musical instruments in India

Das Menon dmenon at
Wed Mar 26 03:03:29 UTC 1997

At 12:12 AM 3/26/97 GMT, Chandan Raghava Narayan wrote:
>Isn't it curious that the violin in Indian classical music (Carnatic) is
>played with the scroll of the instrument resting on the arch of the foot?
>I find this interesting because I was always taught never to touch items
>associated with "Sarasvati", ie. books, paper, and musical instruments,
>with your feet.
>The instrument can just as well be played in the Western "upright"
>manner... Might this have to do with it being a Western instrument?
        This may have more to do with the fact that 'gamakas', an essential
part of Carnatic
        music, is difficult to play with the violin held in the Western style.


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