Sindhi Sarangi Player Rajesh Kumar Develops Easy Code Method in Braille
Easy code method in Braille helps visually impaired persons to write, read and describe classical music.
Rajesh Kumar Parasramani had developed and used easy code method in Braille five years back during his music studies.
Rajesh Kumar Parasramani, a visually impaired Sindhi Sarangi player based in Bilaspur Chhattisgarh, whose ancestors were from Sehwan town of Jamshoro district (Formerly Dadu district) of Sindh, Pakistan, has made public easy code method in Braille for writing, reading and describing classical music, which he made about five years back during his music studies.
Rajesh Kumar, who also invented Sindhi Sarangi of his own, told Sindh Courier from Bilaspur that ‘5 years ago he made and used this method for his own music studies for making his own notes’.
“Now, I submitted an article elaborating my own Braille Notation System in an Indian Music Journal for publication,” he said.
He views that every visually impaired person must use Braille Notation System, which he has named as ‘Parasramani Padhti’ and become able to write and read the music notation.
“This method is very useful not only for visually impaired persons but also for those blessed with sight. This means either by touching the dots or by looking at dots of the Braille system, the Notation of Classical Music is easily understandable,” he explained.
Elaborating further, Rajesh said, “In Classical Music we use a total of 12 Surs to sing or play. Yet we have only two Sur lipi methods in Braille – Pouluskar Method and Bhatkhande Method.”
“These two methods are widely accepted to write and read Classical Music. With the help of these methods any one can even describe the ragas,” he said adding that in Braille there are total 6 dots. “This combination of 6 dots is called Cell. In this way there are total 810 cells in a Braille slate. For writing in braille we use stylus, which is like a pen for braille font system.”
There are several dot codes and with the help of fingers by touching dots and counting by special code reference, words become understandable.
Rajesh further stated that there are total of 17 rules in Braille for Classic Music. “For every principle like ‘neendh’, there are 1/2 matra and 16 matra taan etc.”