When Kilim-weaving gets musical makeover

By A.Kameshwari

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): What would be your reaction if you were told that a fabric can produce music? Recently, a music enthusiast, Vibhu Galhotra, invented a musical instrument after getting inspired by the weavers and weaving techniques of Kilim loom.

Kilims, which are flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs, are usually seen as decorative items or used as prayer mats, but Vibhu envisioned Kilim weaving to be completely different to its original existence and created a musical instrument solely based on the weaving process of creating a Kilim.

“When you see people working with Kilim loom, they work with such dexterity and since I come from a musical background, the working style of these weavers, which is quite similar to how music is composed, inspired me to create a musical instrument. The entire idea was to give a sonorous dimension to how people pluck the strings to create a beautiful pattern in the visual medium,” Vibhu told ANI.

Vibhu added that it was very interesting to discover how music is produced and through his instrument, he aims to give voice to the weavers.

Vibhu concluded that it would be very exciting to see a weaver feeling the Kilim loom through a musical medium as this instrument works similar to their weaving techniques.

In addition, renowned Sitar player Rajeev Janardhan feels the instrument would get back the lost recognition of classical music instruments in India. (ANI)

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