History of Been
History of been goes a long way, as it was developed as an Indian folk music instrument. It is also important for music and religious purposes in India. The pungi was a famous in the Badagutittu about fifty years ago. However, prior to this it derived from Indian Folk Music and was used for religious purposes for snake charming.
Physical Description of Been
A Pungi or Been
Been is conventionally made from dried bottle gourd. Most often, the neck of gourd is carved for reasons related to aesthetics. On the other hand, however, two reed or bamboo pipes are connected. These are also called the Jivala. One of the pipes has seven holes and plays the melody; the other pipe is for the drone. Here the Jivala is fitted with the beewax, which can be adjusted for the modification of pitch.
Function of Been
In case of Indian musical practises, it is often seen that music coincides with religious views. An example would be the comprehensive practice of mantra incantation, which, can be defined as meaningful and/or meaningless syllables used to create prayer to a supernatural force or deity. The Been, or Indian snake charmer, is believed to be one of the many avenues in which one can communicate with the gods through devotional genres. The Been is played without any pauses, so the Been Players use a technique called circular breathing.
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