One of the most enduring images of the Christmas
2002 celebrations in Prashanti Nilayam, is the sight of this
imposing gentleman with this thick mop of hair, setting the
festivities rolling at the break of dawn, by blowing on his
giant, oversized conch shell. These notes were not the dire
rumblings of war (to those of us used to the Mahabharat fare
on Television) but were rather a clarion call for peace and
goodwill on Earth that traditionally heralds the birth anniversary
of Lord Jesus Christ.
Harold E. Smith, musician and healer having his home in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, USA. His instrument of choice is the Didjeridoo,
an Australian aborigine flute-like instrument with no holes.
The instrument is about 5 feet long and has been hollowed
out naturally by termites. Harold uses a circular breathing
rhythm (inhaling through the nose and continuously blowing
out through the mouth) to produce one continuous, seamless
note. Each instrument is of a particular length and has a
hole of certain diameter and thus creates an associated note.
Harold uses external tools (like cymbals) to add interesting
variations to this sacred note produced by the Didjeridoo.
The other unusual instrument used by Harold was the giant
conch shell mentioned earlier. This shell is about 25 inches
in length, weighs over 5 kilos and is about 200 years old.
Right after the Christmas festivities, Harold visited us at
Radio Sai and shared his experiences and philosophies with
us. Catch Harold E. Smith and feel the vibrations of his sacred
instruments when we next play the interview with Harold on