THE JORĪ

'an instrument which has the virtuosity to create sound so regal it takes your breath away'...

 

The jorī  traces its origins to the 18th century dukkar baaj and developed further in the Punjab region finding its way in to the then royal courts and darbars of raja's and maharaja's to cater for a wider array of genres than that of the pakhawaj.

Seen as the predecessor to the pakhawaj, it gave birth to what has now become the most popular form of Hindustani percussion, the tabla.

In more recent times the jorī has declined to the such a rarity that its memory and intricacies are maintained by very few and is on the verge of a dying art.

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