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An Appreciation of The Harmonium

An Appreciation of The Harmonium

An Appreciation of The Harmonium

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The rulers of the Mughal empire in India who reigned from 1526 to 1858, spared no expense as patrons of the arts, particularly painting and music. They left as their legacy an extraordinary rich body of commissioned artistic projects including illustrated manuscripts and miniature paintings that represent musical instruments, portraits of musicians, and the composition of ensembles.

A non-Indian instrument that led to cultural synthesis is the harmonium of the present day. The organ had roots in West Asian as well as European culture; it appears in Indo-Muslim literature of the fourteenth century. The Mughals were aware of various keyboard instruments of the western civilization. While the organ remained in the Indian instrument atrium in the form of the harmonium, other key-board instruments did not.

The outer body of the harmonium, shaped like a rectangular box is made of wood of fine quality. A fine pattern is shown all over it. Brown and ochre are the two colours majorly used. Golden colour is judiciously used and it catapults the otherwise sober tone of the painting into a brilliant one. The entire pictorial space is used by the organ. The background is plain giving scope to the viewer to appreciate the musical instrument in its entirely.

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