Video | A free spirit devoted to the Huka Banam (bowed fiddle) and Murli (flute): An interview with Santal musician Nunulal Marndi by Daricha Foundation – West Bengal

Uploaded on Mar 1, 2016

An expert in the Huka Banam and Murli, Nunulal Marndi is a talented musician who lives life by his own rules.

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Nunulal Marndi is a free spirited, self taught Santal musician who plays strictly for his own pleasure. | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >>

The supremely talented Nunulal Marndi is a dreamer and a maverick. A resident of Bhurkundabari village in Purulia, this self taught musician`s fascination with music began as a child when he first began to absorb the sounds of the music of the traditional fiddles (banam) and the flutes (tirio, murli) during village weddings and the various festivals of the Santals. There was a profusion of such instruments in the days of his youth, though this is not the case anymore.

Nunulal`s devotion to music began as a teenager when he started herding cattle. He started by first practising a genre of song, like Lagre,  Dong, Baha, Sohrai and so on, and later picked up these songs (sereng) on the Banam, a fiddle like instrument, borrowed from his uncles.  Alone, with just the cows for company, or on the banks of the river Damodar close by, he would persevere until he perfected both song and instrument. […]

The free spirited Nunulal who is about 45 years old today continues to plays for himself, strictly for his own pleasure. He has not ever taken part in competitions. In fact most people in his village were not even aware of his talent, till recently, when he was invited to teach at a Huka Banam workshop in the village jointly organized by Daricha Foundation and Anthropological Survey of India.

His children have no interest in the banam and are even embarrassed by their father`s passion for this instrument. […]

He tells us that it is his fervent desire to be able to pass on some of his musical knowledge to whoever wishes to learn.

Source: :::::: Daricha Foundation ::::::
Date Visited: Sun Mar 13 2016 17:30:04 GMT+0100 (CET)


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