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The Mandolin

The violin

The violin used in Indian classical music is similar to the one used in Western classical traditions. In Carnatic music, the tuning is the same. The tuning is slightly modified for the Hindustani violin, but the playing style remains the …

The Tanpura

The tanpura is an instrument that acts as the reference chord in Indian classical music. It has a resonator and 4 strings, but no frets, as the notes are always played whole. The name is derived from tana or musical …

The Shankha

The shankha is a conch shell primarily used in religious music of Hinduism and Buddhism. The shell is got from the shell of a large predatory sea snail, the Turbinella Pyrum that lives in the Indian ocean. The main body …

The E-Tanpura

An e-tanpura are often used in concert by many performers as a substitute for tanpura performers. When tanpura performers are not available, using an e-tanpura is easy way to generate this sound. The e-tanpura has a variable pitch function to …

The Bansuri

The bansuri is a flute made of a single hollow shaft of bamboo. It can be transverse or fipple, although the transverse variety is used in Indian classical music. The word bansuri originated from Baans (bamboo) and Sur (musical note). …

Ghungroo

Gunghroo comprises of several small metallic bells that are strung together and tied around the feet of dancers in order to accentuate and complement the rhythmic aspects of dance. Ghunghroos are used in folk music, bhajans and abhangs to add …