From Ghatam to the Violin: The Instrumental Women Behind Indian Instrumentalism – Score Short Reads
Be it Western or Indian classical (Carnatic/Hindustani), instrumentalist compositions have been the mainstay of Indian music for ages. Once the domain of just men, the instruments have gradually fallen into the hands of more and more women over the years who are carrying forward a musical legacy while reinterpreting it in their own ways.
Rasika Shekhar, for instance, is a leading proponent of the Indian bamboo flute aka bansuri. Her fascination with the instrument was accidental as she recounts, ‘When I was 7 years old, I found a small flute in the balcony of my aunt’s apartment and that sparked my curiosity. When we moved to the US, my mom enrolled me into flute lessons with my guru and the journey began.’