sarangi

Sarangi also called saran or saranga is a stringed instrument of Arabic origin. Carved from a single piece of timber, has 3 main strings made ​​of goat gut, and seventeen steel bourdon strings. Sarangi is known all over India, Nepal and Pakistan. It is particularly important instrument in Hindustani music.

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The sarangi is played with a small bow. The so-called fingernail technique is used because there are no thresholds in sarangi, and the bourdon strings (chanters) are placed on the fretboard. This technique uses shorter strings while moving the left hand's fingernail along the strings. This results in many liquid tones, on the other hand - sarangi considered to be one of the most difficult instruments in terms of the necessary technical skills.

In Nepal, known under the name of sarangi is completely different stringed instrument built similar to Bengali sarinda. It has no bourdon strings and the fingernail technique is not applied. There is slightly less popular version of this instrument in Punjab, called the "small sarangi" and sarangi used in Kashmir is even smaller and has fewer strings. Sarangi is the instrument mainly used in religious music and as an accompaniment for actors in theatrical performances.

One of the few people in Poland playing the sarangi is a professor Maria Pomianowska, who studied the instrument with Pandit Ram Narayan.

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Team

The project involved a lot of people: musicians, theorists, animators.

Paweł Heppner – the originator of the project. A specialist in modern media, a scholar of Polish Film Institute, cinematographer and music composer of independent film. He is also a webdeveloper - web designer and an author of training courses.

Edyta Ołdak –  the co-originator of the project, responsible for the artistic form of the project and workshops. A graduate of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the founder of the Association "with headquarters in Warsaw". The author of several publications and projects carried out in the Association, a scholar of the Ministry of Culture.

Anna Grunwald – the head of Scientific - Educational section in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, the head of the project team in Children's Museum, a PhD student in the Department of Teaching at the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw. Polonist and teacher (1996 - 2002) in Warsaw's primary and secondary schools.

In the project helped us (in alphabetical order):

Katarzyna De Latour – she is interested in Polish music and country singing for several years. She leads singing meetings in Warsaw House of Dance. Katarzyna De Latour has a degree in music (with a specialization in lead vocal). She plays the violin and pedal accordion in the band.

Romuald Jędraszak – Polish bagpiper from Great Poland. As an eleven year old boy visited Stanislaus Grocholski (the old bagpiper and band manager from Poznan) in his house and found bagpipes in the closet. Then he became highly interested in this instrument. He started learning to play the bagpipes during the summer in the house of his master. The first song which he learned to play was "Lelija".

Remigiusz Mazur - Hanaj – Since 2002 juror of Festival of Folk Bands and Singers in Kazimierz Dolny. He conducted workshops at the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University (2003-07). He's a musician and plays the hurdy-gurdy.

Dr. musical arts Maria Pomianowska – She graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw. Specialized in playing the cello (1992). She is a student of Ram Narayan who comes from India and plays the sarangi. She studies the techniques of musical instruments from Asia by travelling to India, China, Korea, Japan and the Middle East. She also deals with exploration and reconstruction of the techniques of playing the old Polish stringed instruments such as Bilgoray Suka, Plock fiddle and others.

Janusz Prusinowski  a violinist, lyrist, composer and organizer. A student of village musicians: Stanislaw Lewandowski, Piotr & Jan Gac, Kazimierz Meto, Józef Zaraś and Józef Kedzierski. He has participated in many music projects continuing the tradition of Polish music, played in the Brotherhood of the Poor (1993) and was the initiator and co-founder of the Warsaw House of Dance (1994). He has given concerts in Poland, Italy, France, Russia, Croatia, Germany, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Estonia, Denmark, Ukraine, Lithuania, England and Ireland.

Katarzyna Szurman – a musician, plays the violin and three row accordion. She plays in the band "Black Butterflies" which performs pre-war dance music and also ethno – jazz band "Cute Carnations". She leads music classes for children. Katarzyna Szurman works as a musician in the theater "Lublin Scene 30/32" and the Association of Polish traditional culture "The house of Dance".

Piotr Zgorzelski – a bass player and dancer. For 15 years he has been conducting the workshops of traditional Polish dances in Poland and in Europe, which derive from Mazovia, Opoczno, Radom, Great Poland region. He learned directly from village dancers as well as archival sources, creating curriculum which includes contemporary abilities and skills.