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What is the Harmonium?

The harmonium is an instrument that has its origins in the period of British rule in India. It is a modified version of the reed organ, with keys like the piano and bellows to pump air into the instrument.

The harmonium is now widely used as an accompaniment in Hindustani vocal music, in religious music across the states of Maharashtra and Punjab- Haryana, and in Qawwali music of the Islamic traditions.

The modified harmonium plays 22 microtones that are used in Indian music but that cannot all be played on a standard harmomium. The modification consists knobs under every note other than the first and the fifth, to be pulled out when a higher microtone is needed.

Listen to the Harmonium

Performer Name Rekesh Chauhan

Musical Tradition
North, Hindustani


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