We are posting the complete illustrated text of The Voice Of The Sarangi by Joep Bor, which is a detailed survey of the instrument—its various forms, historical background, development, and famous exponents.
This important work originally appeared in the Quarterly Journal—Volume XV XVI (Sept., Dec. ’86 & Mar. ’87)—of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Bombay.
The book has been scanned from a copy sent to us by His Excellency Jyoti Swarup Pande, and is being reproduced here as a PDF file for educational purposes only.
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The Voice of the Sarangi—Joep Bor (PDF~14MB)
The main question is whether the time is ripe for a resurrection of the sarangi, whether we are able to shake off the prejudices and misconceptions which surround the sarangi? The time may come but when? Since I have been involved with the sarangi, I have only seen its decline. What is more distressing is that there are very few students and young performers. Let’s not fool ourselves. As I concluded four years ago – unless a serious effort is made to firmly establish the teaching of sarangi and unless the music of the few surviving experts is immediately documented, there is little hope indeed. If the old and middle-aged artists, who still possess a considerable knowledge, die without leaving a trace of the art, the long chain of sarangi tradition will be broken. Nobody, not even a genius, will be able to fix things together again. Let’s not talk and start the work now.—Joep Bor