CARPENTER WHO MAKES GUITAR AND VIOLIN
At night one can often hear the sound of guitar and harmonium from the workshop of a carpenter at Narayana Nagar, Vatakara. It is Raveendran tuning the musical instruments made by him. He claims to be the only person in Kerala producing box guitar, harmonium and violin.
came to this field accidentally. After
basic education he went to work in film studios of Chennai as a carpenter.
Later he started a firm, ‘Rohini Musicals’, to lend musical
instruments to the film field.
when a guitar was damaged, a music director sought his help.
He taught Raveendran the art of making guitars and tuning them.
was a turning point in his life. From
then onwards he made many box guitars, violins and harmoniums.
returning to Koothuparambu from Chennai, he felt that making musical
instruments alone would not be sufficient to earn a living.
So he went back to carpentry jobs.
based on demand, he makes musical instruments.
He purchases the parts from Chennai and completes the work during
his spare time. He uses the
harmonium to tune the notes.
guitar costs Rs.850, violin Rs.2000 and harmonium Rs.2200.
has done many sculptures and paintings too.
Customers come to him through word-of-mouth publicity.
Courtesy: Mathrubhumi, January 24, 2002.
Contributed by: Administrator
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