Here, Mohan Lal makes his famed instruments, starting at the very beginning: with the quick construction of a traditional kiln. Wooden channels attached to goatskin bellows blow life into a fire, and an ordinary piece of metal is readied for a transformation. Mohan Lal says he prefers the methods of his ancestors to more modern gas or electricity-aided processes. It takes skill, yes, but it seems to endow his instruments with an individualism that mass production simply cannot. If he crafts a morcchhang, for instance, it as good as bears the name of the musician who will one day play it.
Although a blacksmith by trade, Mohan Lal’s musical inclinations have contributed to making him a maker of all instruments. He works equally well with wood, crafting double-flutes (algozas and sataras), for instance. He is a sought after bhajan singer in his own right, and makes his own tamburas—the string instrument that necessarily accompanies vocals in this genre in Rajasthan. With the learning of generations behind him, Mohan Lal Lohar is one-stop shop for authentic Rajasthani folk instruments.
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VIDEO: The making of a morchang:
VIDEO: Mohan Lal Lohar plays the algoza