Narasinghapettai nagaswaram gets GI tag

admin March 21, 2022
Updated 2022/03/28 at 3:17 PM

Nagaswaram made in Narasinghapettai in Thanjavur district has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag on the application filed by the Thanjavur Musical Instruments Workers Co-operative Cottage Industrial Society Ltd.

“This would assist the craftsmen in receiving assistance from the Indian government as well as other benefits,” said advocate P. Sanjay Gandhi, who submitted the application on behalf of the society and assisted in obtaining a GI tag for several unique Tamil Nadu products.

In the world of Carnatic music, Narasinghapettai, a hamlet near Thiruvidaimarudur, has an inextricable position. Families of craftsmen who excel in making the nagaswaram live here. At the request of nagaswaram wizard Thiruvavaduthurai T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai, N.G.N. Ranganatha Achari created the “pari” nagaswaram, which is today used by nagaswaram players.

S. Gunasekaran, one of the nagaswaram producers, stated, “We think the GI tag would help our trade.”

Before the “pari” nagaswaram, nagaswaram players employed the short “timiri” nagaswaram. “In ‘timiri,’ Suddha Madhyamam cannot be performed. It would be instinctive for musicians to perform it. That’s why Rajarathinam Pillai chose to create an instrument capable of creating suddha madhyamam, “nagaswaram musician Injikudi M. Mariappan said.

He added that “timiri” needed a lot of work from the nagaswaram musicians, and as a consequence, many of them became sick, particularly with hernia.

Nagaswaram is formed by the ‘acha maram’ tree, which is famed for its sturdy features. Narasinghapettai’s Nagaswaram producers purchase antique wooden pillars from dismantled houses. While Mr. Gunasekaran uses traditional ways to create nagaswaram, others have modernised their workshops and switched to machines.

The ‘anusu’, or enhancer, on the front, is made of “vaagai” wood. The reed, known as “Seevali,” is formed from a species of grass that grows along the Cauvery and Kollidam rivers.

Source: The Hindu

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