In the 1880s, manual bellows at the back substituted the foot pedals, which enabled the now much smaller harmonium to be played whilst sitting on the floor. It quickly became employed while singing classical Indian music, religious music, folk music and later, film music. The keyboard is much like that of a piano, but with a much smaller range. One hand plays the keys while the other works the bellows. It is designed for both right or left handed players to use it with ease.
See the worn out edges of the black keys. Not seen in this view, but some of the laminates were also peeling off the larger keys. This harmonium is well over 70 years old.
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