Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Region: South Asia.
Description: The jhallari or gethuvadyam is a string percussion instrument from South India. It is similar to the Saraswati Veena and ghotuvadyam in construction. It consists of a large resonator [kudam] carved and hollowed out of a log usually of jackwood, a tapering neck of 1 to 2 feet long, a string tuning box and four metal strings attached from the kudam [resonator] to the tuning box. Jhallari strings are played with two small wooden or bamboo sticks, one on each hand, to create rhythmic patterns or a percussive development.
Citations: Websites: The Hindu [article – Rhythm Rendezvous Jhallari]