GEL Church in Ranchi where the musical instrument will be installed. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Hail, thy majesty. The giant 10-tonne pipe organ, gifted to Gossner Evangelical Lutheran (GEL) Church in Ranchi by the faithfuls of Germany and World Lutheran Council, has reached the capital packed in three large containers.
To give you an instance of just how weighty this is, a full-grown male Asian elephant weighs around eight or nine tonne.
Also, the old church organ installed at the GEL Church weighed four tonne. Last September, when the church received word about the 10-tonne gift from the Germans, it gave its old organ to its counterpart in Rajgangpur, Odisha, as a good turn.
Small wonder that the GEL Church functionaries are excited about the new, majestic musical member of the theological family.
Costing around 70,000 Euro, equivalent to some Rs 60 lakh, the grand instrument has two keyboards, each with 56 keys, to be played with both hands, while the pedal has a set of 30 keys. The spectacular part? The organ is fitted with 1,500 pipes of various proportions.
Air is blown into the organ with the help of a motor. When a key is depressed, the pressurised wind passes through 1,500 pipes, producing glorious notes that need no loudspeaker or sound box.
“The organ has finally arrived. Before its despatch by ship from Germany, technicians dismantled it and packed them in three giant containers. The consignment arrived in February at Calcutta port. After complying with formalities, which took time, we brought the containers by road to Ranchi. They reached here last weekend just before Holi. Now, the three containers are kept at Gossner Theological College on GEL Church campus,” Nelson Lakra, moderator, GEL Church, Ranchi, said.
But containers would be unpacked and reassembled at the first floor landing inside GEL Church only in September when Hartmut Grosch, the German conductor and organ maker, arrives at Ranchi.
Grosch was in Ranchi last month to supervise the strengthening and widening of the first floor landing at the Main Road church.
“Though strengthening work is in progress, Grosch has flown back to Germany. He’s likely to be back in Ranchi in September, by which time we expect all civil jobs to be over,” Lakra said.
Once the first floor landing is ready, the German conductor will begin the long process of reassembling and installing the church organ.
“According to rough estimates, installation process is likely to take around two months,” the GEL Church moderator added.
The grand organ would be unveiled and dedicated to the people of Jharkhand at a glittering ceremony planned for November 2, where the Bishop of Reisenburg, Germany, will be the chief guest.