|Prasanta Kr Choudhury|
Sarinda an Assamese version of violin which has its connections with the Vaishnavite heritage propagated by Sankaradeva, had almost lost its identity. Perhaps the overwhelming affiliation of Sarinda with religion and culture has resulted in confining this art to a small group who are trying to conserve this folk culture, which has not only put the instrument and its legacy on a revival tunes, but has given it a fresh string of hope of survival. However, without any scientific or academic syllable, there is no enthusiasm and curiosity for learning Srinda among today’s young generation who are constantly exposed to contemporary music and hi-tech gadgets which seem more appealing. “I have got ideas to compile this album because the sound of Sarinda has a touching and nostalgic effect on listeners, but due to lack of patronage, Sarinda has been reduced to a mere element of Assam’s cultural art. If we can bring some innovations and renovation, it can produce unique and different melodies which youngsters may find more attractive “says Kalpana.
For me music starts here. Dotora has a very special place in my heart. It reminds me of my mentor father, my early childhood riyaaz and performances. So Dotora had to be there in this project. I didn’t start my musical career taking lessons like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, neither with Harmonium, nor with Tanpura. My learning of music, doing riyaaz and all started with Dotora.So Dotora has to be there in this project. And I feel a very Indian rustic mass appeal, an instrument expressing something for poor people. It is one of the oldest instruments in the world. Its significance is to such a degree that it should be added to the list of “Masterpieces of the immaterial heritage of ASSAM”. Its sound speaks about Aam Bharatiya Log, Hum logo ki Lachargi, our daily problems whether related to financial one or emotional and spiritual, I feel Dotora has a distinctive sound of mass appeal.
Bortaal is the big size clash cymbal, Its weight approx. 1½−2 kg. The player who plays Bortaal is called in Assam as Gayan. Bortaal is a symble of Assamese traditional culture. Sometimes, the players perform with both dance-music e.g. in Gayan-Bayan, Bortaal Nritya etc. Sometimes the player perform with only music e.g. in Harinaam, Dihanaam etc. The rhythmic high pitch of sound of the Bortaal makes the surroundings pure and sacred.
Hengrabari… there in my native place we have a local Naam ghar.Naam Ghar is a congrational prayer hall with a separate room where the Monikut is placed. I still remember in morning and evening… dawn and dusk time one particular drum is played as to a reminder call for everyone to remember HIM, the almighty. Doba...I planned the album “The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut” to open with this auspicious sound.