HARMONIUM

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The harmonium is also known as peti or baja. This instrument is not a native Indian instrument. It is a European instrument which was imported in the 19th century. It is a reed organ with hand pumped bellows. Although it is a relatively recent introduction, it has spread throughout the subcontinent. Today, it is used in virtually every musical genre except the south Indian classical.

Although this is a European invention, it has evolved into a truly bi-cultural instrument. The keyboard is European, but it has a number of drone reeds which are particularly Indian. European models came in both hand pumped and foot pumped models. The foot pumped models disappeared in India many years ago. This is because the foot pedals required one to sit in a chair; something which is unusual for an Indian musician. Also the only advantage of the foot model was that it freed both hands so that both melody and chords could be played. Indian music has no chords, so this was no advantage. Although the hand pumped models required one hand to pump they were more portable and comfortable when played on the floor.

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We aim to nurture talents of each of our students, enriching their performance skills, there by generating a wider understanding of the art forms. We also prepare advanced students for professional careers in their chosen art form. All students are provided with an opportunity to perform before an encouraging audience consisting of their parents, friends and well-wishers in annual events arranged at the centre every year. We also conduct stage programs for Qatar National day, Republic day, Vijayadashami and Navarathri Celebrations. Apart from these activities, we conduct drawing, quiz competition from the younger ones to the higher grade students.

              

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