Name: Ranjan Veena.
Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Inventor: Pandit, Niranjan Haldar.
Region: South Asia.
Description: Ranjan Veena is a plucked string musical instrument invented and patented by Pandit Niranjan Haldar. A retired senior artist from All India Radio [Indore, India]. This instrument resembles the Ghoduvadyam in design. Although in a much smaller size to scale. It has 19 frets. It is played with a slide.
Invention: Haldar had more than 40 years of experience in Indian and Western Classical music and has performed at various concerts and events such as Vichitra Veena for Akashvani, Doordarshan and Sangeet Natak Academy.
He drew inspiration from Vichitra Veena. After a decade of work he created a smaller musical instrument with a unique tonal quality that is a combination of the veena, sitar and guitar. The instrument is played with picks on forefinger, middle-finger and thumb. On the Ranjan Veena, an experienced musician can play all the Indian Classical Instrumental techniques: Meend [Slide] Gamak, Krintan, Gitkari and the fast Taans.