Harp - The Ancient Indian Music Instrument

March 22, 2017

One of the oldest musical instruments in the world is the harp. The hunting bow was the inspiration behind the earliest harps. An instrument that is very similar to the hunter’s bow is depicted in the ancient wall paintings found in Egyptian tombs as early as the 30th century BC.

Harp - The ancient Indian music instrument

It is from Asia that the slanting harp came to Egypt around 15th century B.C. A hollow sound-box was used to build it. The box was joined to a string-arm straight at an angle. Plant fibre or hair was used to make the strings, which were tied to the string-arm at one end and attached to the sound-box at the other end. The strings were held by knots and were tuned by rotating them.

A mechanism was developed in the 1700s to meet the rising demands from musicians for an instrument that was capable of a broader range of pitch.

The harp underwent a lot of changes over the years as the music evolved. To move with the times it had to maintain its popularity. It soon became crucially important for the harp to be able to play in all keys instead of limiting to five minor keys or eight major keys.

Over the past two centuries the harp has continued to evolve and many significant improvements were made to it. 

Harp continued its popularity in the 20th century and even underwent a lot of improvements. Without the improvements it would never have been so popular in the modern society.  

The harp is still popular even in the 21st century. It is now part and parcel of myriad festivals, societies, conventions, etc.

Decorative products shaped after the harp

Another interesting trend that the 21st century witnessed is the innumerable decorative products shaped after the harp. This is mainly because the harp holds a certain charm, which is traditional yet classy. It also has a nostalgic feel to it, and for all those who like antiques, harp-shaped decorative items hold a special place in their hearts and homes.

These decorative products shaped after harps have many takers, and they have found a pride of place in many modern homes. If you search the internet, you will find glass decanters, chairs, flower vases, harp-inspired staircases, consoles with harp base, and many more uniquely designed and attractive products shaped after this traditional musical instrument.

To give a classy makeover to your home, you can buy any harp shaped decorative item and see compliments pouring in.

From Classical to Jazz, Medieval to Modern, from Acoustic to Electric the harp is an instrument which is open to change yet steeped in tradition. It has become more than a musical instrument; it is a symbol of creativity and elegance.

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