The Mighty Tanpura(s) by Gundecha Brothers

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The Gundecha brothers playing tanpuras

A chance to get an insight into the tanpura – the base drone instrument fundamental to the Indian classical music system.

The humble tanpura is a drone instrument of Indian music prevalent in both the Hindustani and the Carnatic systems. It plays an important role in a concert of classical music by providing the base note (adharaswara) and by creating an aesthetic ambience on the stage. By its function of providing a background, the tanpura provides neither a specific note nor a rhythm. Instead, it creates a circle of certain pitches which by themselves do not produce a melody. The Gundecha brothers will demonstrate the instrument and its role within the classical tradition and for meditation.

Start time 12noon

unning time 1 hour 30 minutes, no interval

All running times are approximate and subject to change

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