Kavish Seth is not your regular musician. Not after he has successfully patented a musical instrument called Noori, which can play polyphonic music or chords and also monophonic. It can produce percussive sound like a djembe and has resonant strings called ‘Tarabein’, which is used to set the mood for a raag.
The patent issued by the Government of India’s Intellectual Property India, Indian Patent Advanced Search Systems, came through a couple of days ago.
Talking about it, the 28-year-old musician, who’s also an IITian, says, “My vision was to bring music and musicians across the world closer. And with Noori, any artiste from any school of music can play their music on this. It also enables a smooth collaboration between artistes of different schools of music. For instance, a guitar doesn’t sit well with a sarod or sitar, as they don’t play microtones/shrutis; similarly, one can’t play chords on sarod. But my instrument transcends those limitations. You can play all three schools of music — be it Indian classical, western music and Arabic music.”
Kavish, who is the son of Kavita Seth (Iktara and Tum Hi Ho Bandhu fame), has always been surrounded by music. His collaborations with folk artistes and classical musicians across the country has taught him a lot about music. The musician began working on his musical invention around four years ago and has since made three versions of it.
He explains, “The first Noori was made with Nizamuddin Niyazi ji, who passed away last year. The instrument was named Nizam Noori after him. However, there was still a lot to be done with the instrument, so I started working on it to help it play and sound better. Later, the second and third Noori were made with Gous Ahmadsaab Sitarmaker ji from Miraj.”
A few other Indians who created their own musical instruments:
Niladri Kumar – Zitar
Subhasis Ghosh – Chhar Tarang
Akshay Vaidyanathan – Carbon fibre Chitravina
Dr Vidyadhar Oke – 22-note harmonium