Svaram - Bullroarer
The Svaram - Bullroarer is a unique and ancient musical instrument that is handcrafted from wood. It has been a tool for communication in the forests, as it can produce a distinct low-pitched sound that carries over long distances. This bullroarer has been used for centuries by various cultures for spiritual and ceremonial purposes. By swinging it in circles, the instrument produces a unique combination of sound and vibration. The origin of the bullroarer can be traced back to the Aboriginals & Greece, making it a truly remarkable piece of history.
Initiated in 2003 as a grassroots community, rural development project in Tamil Nadu (India), Svaram has been recognised by the UN Initiative “Music as a Global Resource” as one of its first 50 projects worldwide. The open association and team of over 50 local artisans, trainees, international volunteers and professionals has always retained its emphasis on the human element, its heritage and prospect of evolutionary change and positive progress.
Initially focusing on communication-social-and craft-skill trainings with the practical core of hands on work with different materials like wood, metals, clay, bamboo and seeds/shells for instrument building, extensive explorations and a communal discovery process on the ‘magic of sound’ stimulated the growth of the team in ever unfolding and often surprising directions, creating a natural enthusiasm in everyone involved for the chosen work with the mystery and magic of sound!