Channeling George Harrison
June 1, 2012 10:46 PM Subscribe
Musical Tourism: I'm traveling next week to Delhi for business, but will have a weekend for shopping, sightseeing. I'm a nerdy musician and would like to bring home a meaningful musical souvenir from India. Preferably an instrument I can play. What should I get and where should I get it from?
posted by Doleful Creature to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm landing in Delhi late next Tuesday, and will be in India for about 8 days. Most of these days I'll be working and won't have time to explore, but will have a full weekend to check things out.
Looks like my companions and I are planning to go to Agra Friday night, stay over and then visit Taj Mahal in the morning. Beyond that I don't have any big plans beyond the usual stuff. I am willing to venture on my own and go off the beaten path if it means finding something highly musical and neat.
When I think about all the interesting stuff I can take home –and I will be buying things for my wife and children, not to mention taking lots of pictures – what I really want to bring home is something musical. Music is such a big part of my life, you could say it's my overriding passion. I feel incredibly lucky that I get to travel to a different part of the world with its own musical heritage largely distinct from the Western music of my upbringing. I want to absorb that opportunity as much as possible.
I'm mostly a keyboard player, though I play violin and guitar too. So I think I'd like a small stringed instrument of some kind. Tabla drums look awesome, but maybe too bulky? I looked at the wikipedia article about Indian musical instruments. There are a LOT. I wouldn't be against a wind/reed instrument either, but this is not in my wheelhouse so much.
So what would you get? Is there a specific place in Delhi or Agra I could ask a driver to take me to, where I could maybe talk to some instrument makers or shop at a well-regarded instrument shop?
Bonus question: any musical venues I should check out, local artists? I'm sure I can get a lot of this stuff just by asking around when I land, but I appreciate any insight the hive mind can bestow beforehand.