The clip is an example of Indian music. Roopa Panesar introduces the sitar and the techniques she uses to create the unique sound of the instrument. She is joined by tabla player Sonny Singh to play the traditional piece ‘Rag Suha in Taal Teentaal’ live in the studio. Features the following concepts - Indian music, sitar, drone, tabla, pitch bend, repetition.
This clip could be used to deepen knowledge and understanding of Indian music when comparing different types of music from around the world. Learners could also use the clip as a stimulus for exploring timbre. Working in small groups, learners could create rhythmic ostinati on drums and un-pitched percussion instruments, exploring the variety of different sounds that may be produced by striking the instruments in different ways.