Name: Tandura.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.5
Country: Rajasthan, India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The Tandura Also known as the ‘veena’ or ‘chautra’, it is used by the Meghwal, Kamad and Bhil communities in devotional group singing. The tandura can be found all over Rajasthan except in the district of Jalore.

Playing Techniques: The player wears a mezrab [pick] on the tip of the index finger, striking the strings with rhythmic stress from right to left. This technique differs from the classical method of playing tanpura in which the player uses percussive rhythmic techniques.


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