The other weekend I found out there was a music school in Nilambur that made it's own flutes. Being an ex flautist myself I grabbed the opportunity to go along, particularly when one of the teachers from school said it was down the road from her house and her lovely daughters went there for singing lessons. So - with a 12yr old and two excitable 8yr old twins in tow we headed for a great afternoon of listening to music and watching the lessons.
There are two main types of Indian classical music, Hindustani from the North and Carnatic, from the South. Both are taught at the school so there was a great mixture of instruments including a veena (a carnatic stringed instrument made from a goard), tabla (drums), harmonium, and of course flute. I didnt mention in my previous post that Nilambur means land of bamboo and it is some of the best for making flutes. I tried a few that they had made at the school and they really had a wonderful tone, deep and melodic. One of the teachers played for us and I was amazed at the speed and tone he was able to achieve.
How did the girls singing go? Well just like I used to be, they took the opportunity to miss practice and sat with us instead. It has been one of my favourite afternoons.