Music instruments and Research Station
Since Feb. 2003 this new unit in the Auroville Educational and Cultural Landscape is establishing itself in the former facilities of the Decauram carpentry in the Industrial Zone, and is trying to incorporate four aspects into its work:
The art of instrument making goes back to the beginning of our human culture, and it's interesting to wonder whether the first primitive bow was actually used for hunting or playing music! The history of musical instruments reflects the evolution of the human species: from archaic instruments like a simple pair of sticks, bones or stones, through the finely crafted string instruments in the classical periods to the most sophisticated high-tech electronic sound sources of today.
The last century saw a rapid growth of new inventions of musical instruments, together with the reintegration of ancient and primitive 'sound-makers' into the field of education, therapy and music production. This is another sign of the unfolding of a global culture, a synthesis where basic elements and universal principles of music are re-discovered and applied towards a unified human expression of beauty and harmony.
The SVARAM team wants to reflect this trend and may possibly be one of the few places on the Indian subcontinent experimenting in the field of creating new musical instruments. Its focus lies on instruments that should be accessible to everybody, independent of talent or predisposition, directly bringing the joy of music into one's hands and heart.
The project aims at an independent and empowered self-management and asks the youth to be involved and take responsibility in all the different departments of such an undertaking.
The learning process which encompasses all aspects of the work is monitored and guided by selected resource people and teachers in the area of crafts, management, design, music and body awareness, cultural integration and development.
After having successfully completed the first 2 years training course with 7 young unemployed youth from the village, who had been associated with the Mohanam Cultural Center in Sanjeevinagar, we are now having a second batch of teenagers who are following the emerging syllabus in technical craft, design, musical theory and practice and organizational skill. Besides the hands-on aspect of this training the youth is also exposed to traditional performing arts and crafts to enhance awareness about the rich heritage of Tamil Culture.
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