Erhu Player. A street performer come begger street portrait taken in Yang Shou, Guangxi Privince, China.
The erhu (二胡; pinyin: èrhú, [êɻxǔ]) is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a “southern fiddle”, and sometimes known in the Western world as the “Chinese violin” or a “Chinese two-stringed fiddle”. It is used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras. It is the most popular of the huqin family of traditional bowed string instruments used by various ethnic groups of China. A very versatile instrument, the erhu is used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements, such as in pop, rock, jazz, etc.
What an amazing photo. It’s so heartfelt and personal. Lovely. Did you hear him play? The sound of the Erhu is wonderful.
Thank you Anarya, he was a lovely old man spending his hours playing the Erhu and gaining some coins from a few tourists to keep him happy. Yes we did hear him play, I love the Erhu when its played well, so intoxicating a sound, it touches your heart 🙂
Ah that’s wonderful. Old people have so much honesty in their faces. And I would have loved to hear someone playing an Erhu. Like you said, it surely touches the heart if played well. I remember a blind man playing a traditional Khmer instrument in Cambodia because it touched me. That was so many years ago that I don’t have a photo.
I wonder how he wound up begging. It’s a cruel reality that the world is full of talented people, and not all will be adequately respected, cherished and put to the best use possible.
Yeah, it’s a sad side of life…I think he was happy though, still enjoying his music, earning some extra income and enjoying the sunshine 🙂
Thank you Hitesh
Wonderful as always. I’ll bet he’s got a few stories to tell.
Oh yeah…many memories too.