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  • viloin
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  • 20.uddukai1
  • 21.thavil2
  • 28.tarshennai-01
  • ghungroo
  • 18.tabla_
  • 17.swarmandel
  • 29.shursingar-01
  • 16.sitar_
  • 1.sangu_11
  • 12.sarod_
  • 13.sarangi1
  • 11.santoor
  • 14.shenai2
  • 27.mridangam1
  • 8.Morsing
  • 9.kanjira
  • 7.harmonium
  • 5.ghatam1
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  • 2.bansuri
  • 26.konnakol
  • 34.vocal_male2
  • 6.ghungroo1
  • 25.vocal_female2

The Veena

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How The Veena sounds

The veena is among the oldest of Indian musical instruments. From the references to Vedic writings, it can date back to around the first millennium B.C. Temple sculptures from the 2nd century B.C. show a type of veena being played.

The Saraswati veena is the predominant Carnatic music and the Rudra veena the most played veena in Hindustani music. The Saraswati veena has seven strings strung over twenty four fixed frets. It has a large resonator (kudam), a tapering hollow neck (dandi) and a tuning box that curves downwards (yali).

It is played by sitting cross legged, with the resonator to the player (vainika)’s right.
The veena is said to be the only instrument that can play all the gamakas (oscillations) in Carnatic music, usually something that only the most proficient vocalists can achieve.

The Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswathi, is said to play the Veena. Pictures depict her sitting on a lotus and playing the instrument.

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south

Performer Information

veena-performer

Performer Name: Shyla Shanmugalingam

Musical Tradition:
South, carnatic

Website: www.milapfest.com/tarang

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Veenas are sometimes made out of a single piece of wood. These are very rare and are called ‘ekanta’ veenas.

 

Other instruments in this genre

viloinThe violin
22.veena_The Veena
20.uddukai1The Udukkai
21.thavil2The Thavil
1.sangu_11The Shankha
14.shenai2The Nadaswaram
27.mridangam1The Mridangam
8.MorsingThe Morsing
9.kanjiraThe Kanjira
5.ghatam1The Ghatam
2.bansuriThe Bansuri
26.konnakolKonnakol
25.vocal_female2Carnatic vocal (female)