A New Online Store : JSKS Musicals has been launched online to supply musical instruments such as Tabla and Harmoniums to all parts of the world . This facility has been launched to provide people all over the globe with Indian Tablas and Harmoniums at affordable prices .
Online PR News – 21-June-2010 – – A New facility has been launched online where handcrafted Indian Harmoniums and tablas can be ordered online from any part of the globe . This is great news for Indian music enthusiasts in all corners of the world who can now arrange to have these instruments available with them no matter where they reside . This is also great news for Indian music as it's a small but useful step in taking the beauty of traditional Indian music to the west and other cultures of the world . Tabla and harmonium are two of the most traditional of Indian instruments which are hand crafted by skilled Indian craftsmen . The harmonium is one of the oldest percussion instrument . Harmoniums consist of banks of brass reeds (metal tongues which vibrate when air flows over them), a pumping apparatus, stops for drones (some models feature a stop which causes a form of vibrato), and a keyboard. The harmonium's timbre, despite its similarity to the accordion's, is actually produced in a critically different way. Instead of the bellows causing a direct flow of air over the reeds, an external feeder bellows inflates an internal reservoir bellows inside the harmonium from which air escapes to vibrate the reeds .
The smaller drum, played with the dominant hand, called dayan . It is made from a conical piece of mostly teak and rosewood hollowed out to approximately half of its total depth. The drum is tuned to a specific note, usually either the tonic, dominant or sub-dominant of the soloist's key and thus complements the melody. The tuning range is limited although different dayans are produced in different sizes, each with a different range. Cylindrical wood blocks, known as ghatta, are inserted between the strap and the shell allowing tension to be adjusted by their vertical positioning. Fine tuning is achieved while striking vertically on the braided portion of the head using a small hammer.
The larger drum, played with the left hand, is called bayan . The bayan has a much deeper bass tone, much like its distant cousin, the kettle drum. The bayan may be made of any of a number of materials. Brass is the most common, copper is more expensive, but generally held to be the best, while aluminum and steel are often found in inexpensive models.
The online facility can be accessed at http://www.jsks.co.in/musical_instruments.htm