Carnatic Mandolin

Name: Carnatic Mandolin.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Veenas.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Inventor: Uppalapu Srinivas [1969-2014].
Tuning: x G C G c g – tuned in a fifth interval.
Country: India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: Although it is called a “mandolin” this instrument should not be confused with the Neapolitan mandolin as from Italy. This particular modified instrument is the creation of  U. Srinivas. In experimentation, he changed the order of the mandolin in favour of single strings.

This allows for the strings to respond in a sensitive manner, required in Carnatic [South Indian Classical Music]. The instrument is more resemblant of a solid-body electric guitar slightly smaller then an “octave guitar”.  

Carnatic Mandolin Tuning
  x G C G c g
  S P S G s g   
Standard Tuning  G G / D D / A A / E E


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