The world of Indian musical instruments is filled with such varied instruments, and yet, few are considered “wooden”, which is where Indian instruments come in.
Indian musicians play them on a wooden guitar, the instrument of choice for many, with their strings hanging from a string.
The instruments were popularised by the Indian classical composer and musician Manmohan Singh in the 20th century, and today, many Indian musicians use them as their instruments of choice.
The instrument’s name is an ancient Indian term meaning ‘a wood instrument’, and the term “wood block” means that the instrument is made of wood.
Indigenous Australian musician Andrew Mascarenhas played the instrument in the film film ‘Worried About Rock’.
“When I heard that the title of the movie was ‘Worry about Rock’, I thought, ‘What are they talking about?'”
Mr Mascarelli said.
“It’s so amazing how Indian artists have been able to do this with these wonderful and wonderful instruments.”
Indian woodblock instruments were first created in the 1800s and were played by the indigenous people of India, as well as by the English, French, Russian and Italian colonialists who settled the region.
While these instruments were invented by the British in the 16th century for playing woodblock, there was no specific model or specification.
They are used by both Indigenous Australians and Australians of African descent.
Mr Maccarelli, a violinist, played an Indian woodblock guitar for the first time in 2006, when he was performing in a local music festival.
“I was just learning a new piece, so I just sat there and played it, and it was so cool,” he said.
Mr MacCallum is one of the most famous Indian musicians.
His name comes from the word “makar” – a word used to describe the Indian people.
“In fact, I am really happy that we got to use his name for the film because it means the spirit of music and spirituality,” Mr Maccaresi said.
The song “Worrier” from the film ‘The Hobbit’ is about a boy who learns to play an Indian instrument called a “woodblock” when he is seven.
The film follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, an orphaned boy from the North of England, who is given a wooden wooden sword by his father.
He soon becomes an accomplished musician and teacher in the town of Hobbiton.
“Bilbo learns all the instruments from his father, who teaches him the art of music,” Mr MacCallus said.
A musical journeyIn the film, Mr Mac Callum and Mr Mascaresi play the Indian wood block guitar for a group of Aboriginal artists and students.
“We just went to the Aboriginal community and we just played it for them, and we did a lot of singing and playing and singing and singing,” Mr Mehta said.
In the documentary ‘The Journey’, Mr Mac callus said it was an amazing experience, and he was “so impressed with the Aboriginal artists that we worked with”.
“It was such an inspiring experience for them because they were actually doing it for us,” Mr Saldanha said.
One of the songs in the documentary is ‘Till The Morning Comes’ by the Australian band The Beatles.
The musicians were amazed at how the film’s Aboriginal cast members were able to play the instruments.
“They were singing and they were dancing, it was just like they were making music out of wood,” Mr Todman said.
Indonesia’s Indigenous music industry is booming, and the industry has become increasingly popular with people from the region, who are now being asked to record music.
“Indonesian artists are really making music,” Ms Mascari said.
Ms Mascaris says the film has given her hope for the future of the musical industry.
“Hopefully, that we can see more indigenous artists in the world in the future,” she said.