The Harmonium

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
This is a Harmonium. There are others.
This is a Harmonium. There are others.

The HarmoniumIt was a casual day in 2018. I came back from school and I saw a big thing. My dad said, "It's here".  I was confused, so I decided to help my dad open it. And then I saw, the instrument I begged for during our trip to Bangladesh last year, the Harmonium! My uncle, from Bangladesh, shipped one of these in the fall. The Harmonium is an instrument that is from the Indian Sub Continent. It was also originally created during British rule. The Harmonium is like a piano but it has its differences. For example, you can only use one hand to press on the keys. The other hand has to be rocking this valve that pushes air to make the noise. My uncle was a professional playing this instrument. He told me that you should play this regularly. He also said that it is great to pass time and relieve stress; it is a great way for me at least to relieve stress. I usually play general prayer songs every time we pray, but there are special times I play for special occasions and holidays. If a holiday is more targeted toward one god or belief, we play songs related to that. The Harmonium may be an instrument, but It definitely tells more about me and my culture. My culture and religion like music. We think that music can attract the gods. If I can play the harmonium, I am more closer to my culture and who I am as a person. I like to play instruments like I said before, it's something that relieves stress for me. I also want to get better because this was something I wanted to do for a while.

Place(s): India
Year: 2006

– P

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant