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Bhattacharya, TriDeb Co, Calcutta India.
Bhattacharya via order, Randy Raine-Reusch.
chatturangui is essentially a slide guitar who went under a series of
modifications by its designer and inventor Debashish Bhattacharya. It is
played with a slide. Since the 1940s the Hawaiian slide guitar was
introduced to Calcutta (Kolkata) India by Mr. Tau Moe and his band. The
1960's were considered to be the golden era for the slide guitar as it
became used in early filmi (Film music) bands. Numerous musicians picked
up the guitar like Sunil Ganguly, Rajat Nandi, Sujit Nath, Abhijit Nath
and Kaji Aniruddha were all renowned for their contributions to Indian
film music. Not until quite recently the slide guitar had the foot hold
in Indian Classical Music.
As with its direct ancestral instrument the Hawaiian
slide guitar. The chatturangui utilizes open tunings in the chords of D
Major, D Minor, G Major, G Minor. Debashish Bhattacharya developed a
family of these instruments including Ghandarva a smaller sized version
chatturangui having 12 playing strings. The Ghandarva is tuned in Open E
Major, or Open E Minor a tone above D. The Ananda a small four stringed
slide guitar slightly larger then an octave guitar in size.
|Open D Minor
||D A D F A D
|Open D Major
||D A D F# A D
|Open G Minor
||D G D G Bb D
|Open G Major
||D G D G B D