MORSING (INDIA)

by HAJI MAJI

Rajamanickam Pillai (1898-1970) was a famous Indian violinist in the Carnatic tradition of Southern India. Here he plays a well-known song in the Behgada mode, accompanied by the morsing, a South Indian jaw harp. Morsing playing technique is mainly rhythmic, working in conjunction with the mridangam, the primary drum of Carnatic music. While the morsing is an ancient instrument used throughout South India and the Sindh region of Southern Pakistan, the violin only became popular in the 19th Century after it was introduced to the region by British colonialists.

Broadcast was an excellent independent Indian label in the 1930s. I believe this record was made in 1937.

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