deponti (deponti) wrote,

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I snapped these earthen pots waiting to be sold in the Indira Nagar area...the pots keep the water cool because the surface is moist and the evaporation brings down the temperature. A mud pot with a mud lid, with perhaps a ladle to dip into the water, and a glass nearby, is a welcome sight on a hot day!

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And pots similar to these are also a still-often used percussion instrument in Carnatic music; traditionally, players would play the "ghatam" as it is called, bare-chested, modulating the sound the ghatam makes by adjusting its mouth against their abdomens. The highlight of a "thani Avarthanam" (percussion interlude) would be the ghatam artiste throwing up the ghatam and catching it..."ghati" is the Sankskrit word for "mud pot". Alangudi Ramachandran and Vikku Vinayakaraman are well-known exponents of the ghatam.
Tags: bangalore, carnatic music, ghatam, mud pot, photography, thani avarthanam

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