Wedding Music

Traditional music at a South Indian wedding is led by an instrument called a nadaswaram accompanied by thavil drums. You can listen to it here. It plays almost continuously at a South Indian wedding. To a trained ear, I’m sure it means more than the earworm it is to me. But I do enjoy watching the musicians play it. wedding_music_1

It’s easier to see how large those nadaswarams when the musicians are standing up.
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Other music at the wedding? There was Bombay Jayashri, a famous Carnatic vocalist, best known outside South India for a song she wrote and performed for ‘Life of Pi’. She sang at the wedding reception as thousands of people streamed by to wish the bride and groom.
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My favorite musician to sketch, though, was the violinist Karthick Iyer who plays fusion on the Indian violin. I love that he jumps around and bends and sways to the music: he literally becomes his violin and the music it plays.
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If you missed my earlier posts of sketches from the wedding they’re here:
Sketches from the Mehendi Ceremony and Other sketches from the wedding.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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2 Responses to Wedding Music

  1. hugo costa says:

    Love it, as always 🙂

    Like

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