Client - Le Sutra - Taal (Music)
The kings of yore were connoisseurs of music and it is under their rule that music and dance flourished in India. Taal is the rhythmic pattern of Indian classical music. It is Sur (melody) and Taal (rhythm) together that form the music.
Taal conveys the essence of the music as it dictates the tempo and with it the emotions. This room through Music calms the body and the soul and teaches us to embrace music as a medium of expression. Music can be vibrant or calm, happy or sad in this way music connects us to all of us.
Art installations in the room
This painting depicts the ‘gandharvas’ engrossed in their art of composing music. The gandharvas are known as maestros of Indian classical music. The gandharva music is very close to nature and the compositions are blissful. In the painting the musicians are producing melodies with the imaginary instruments in their hands. The painting also has two hands dancing to the music. The musicians are oblivious to life and absorbed in their melody. It seems like they are devoted to their music and through it to the entire universe. It seems like these musicians are producing the very rhythm and tune of life with the power of their imagination.
This lamp is the depiction of the ‘bansuri’. The word ‘bansuri’ originates in the Sanskrit bans [bamboo] + swar [musical note]. The instrument is made out of bamboo shoots and the music is produced with the help of air passing through the various openings on the instrument. The bansuri is also culturally significant as it is the instrument associated with Lord Krishna and his ‘ras leela’.
Luggage rack installation:
This installation is in the form of postage stamps as it represents people who have left a stamp on the world of music with their brilliant contributions. These people have left an indelible mark in the musical world. Their contributions are an integral part in the journey through Indian music. They are Balagandharva, Musari Subramania Iyer, Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan, Begum Akhtar, Ustad Allaudin Saheb, Rukmini Devi, V.D Paluskar and Veena.
The chair is an abstracted version of a tabla made by using the ‘dayan’ and ‘bayan’ the two parts of a table. The tabla is the instrument that produces the taal or the rhythm of any music piece.
Shehnai cupboard handles:
The ‘shehnai’ is an instrument that belongs to the woodwind family like the bansuri. The name comes from the word ‘shah’ (king) ‘nai’ (flute) thus it is called ‘the king’s flute’. The shehnai was part of the naubat or the ensemble of nine traditional instruments found at the royal courts. The sound produced by this instrument is considered auspicious and this makes it an inseparable part of any wedding or religious functions in India.
Bells are a percussion instrument normally seen in Indian temples or during religious events. The bells are known to produce the sound of ‘aum’ which is the universal sound or the first sound of the universe. It is also believed that the bells ward off evil spirits. The sound of the temple bell also empties the mind of all thoughts and helps concentrate.
Music is a mixture of different kinds of sounds. Sound travels in waves and this installation depicts sound waves produced by music. Indian carnatic music is known to have healing properties.