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So you thought wine glasses were meant only to sip and swivel your Chardonnay? Meet a 19-year-old from Mumbai, who creates music with them. Kotian first learnt the guitar at the age of 14 and now, he coaches the instrument to students from six to 55 years of age, besides performing stage shows with Read More...
So you thought wine glasses were meant only to sip and swivel your Chardonnay? Meet a 19-year-old from Mumbai, who creates music with them. Kotian first learnt the guitar at the age of 14 and now, he coaches the instrument to students from six to 55 years of age, besides performing stage shows with Rock and Metal bands. He has completed a diploma in Audio Engineering from Andheri’s AAT Media College and also knows how to play the keyboards. The music background helped him construct the glass harp from scratch when he learnt about the instrument last year. "I selected the wooden boards, wine glasses and the other fixtures myself. The glasses are of different shapes and sizes; they are mounted on a wooden board with elastic straps. The level of water in each glass varies according to the sound to be produced (this is my expertise), which happens due to resonance effect. The instrument is unique because it’s acoustic and doesn’t require a battery or electricity," he informs.
From the 1960-hit Ajeeb dastaan hai yeh... to Badlapur’s popular track, Jeena Jeena, Kotian sticks to soulful melodies in Hindi and English. "Since last year, I have been performing at weddings and corporate events. A background track enhances the performance but I can play without it too," he says.
However, playing the instrument is no cakewalk. Transporting it is a challenge due to its bulky and fragile nature, though the musician has made a case for it. "I also need to carry a full set of spare glasses in case there is breakage in transit. You
need a lot of patience for the set-up process (tuning of the instrument). Special grade condenser microphones are required to pick up the sound accurately," he says.Less...
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