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cwroyds

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I was reading about the descendants of Tansen and read that Rajab Ali Khan (1874-1959) being great at playing the Jal-tarang (Was mostly a vocalist, Beenkar, and sitarist. I did not know what a Jal-Tarang is, so I did a little googling and found this video.
I just thought this was rather cool.
It is Ranjana Pradhan playing the Jal-Tarang, which consists of fine bowls filled with water to specific pitches. A bit like a Xylophone.

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To get meend you have to suck water in and blow it out through a straw :wink:

Somewhat surprisingly, the western equivalent, the glass harmonica, has loads of works written for it by classical composers. That's normally played by rubbing with fingers rather than hitting woth sticks, which makes it a rather different instrument and sound.
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I was reading that a good player can add effects by swirling the water in the bowl with the stick.
I would assume that if gently done it would create a vibrato effect.
A strong swirl might create a Gamak effect.
Of course I am just guessing.
I should get a bowl and try it out.
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To get meend you have to suck water in and blow it out through a straw :wink:
Great idea. Very funny man.

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is it possible to play raga deepak on it ?
I visualize a veritable jaltarang ustad who insists on a shot of vodka in each bowl and being the Ustad that he is, takes his sweet time doing the fine-tuning as he sips from this bowl, then that bowl ...

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is it possible to play raga deepak on it ?
C, D, E, F, Gb, and G ?
Why not?
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