The Jorī, an instrument with the virtuosity to create sounds so regal they take your breath away, traces its origins back to the 18th century dukkar baaj.
It underwent further development in the Punjab region, eventually finding its way into the royal courts and darbars of rajas and maharajas, where it catered to a wider array of musical genres compared to the Pakhawaj.
Considered the predecessor to the pakhawaj, the Jorī played a pivotal role in giving rise to the most popular form of Hindustani percussion, the Tabla.
However, in more recent times, the Jorī has become a rarity, with its memory and intricacies preserved by only a handful of individuals.
This decline has pushed the art of playing the Jorī to the brink, making it a vanishing tradition in danger of being lost to time.