Name: Chikara.
Type: Chordophones > Composites > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6
Country: India.
Region: South Asia.

Chikara @ Horniman Museum, London Uk

Descriptions: The chikara is a lute having a body with a stretched membrane applied as the sound-board to complete the body of the instrument.

Construction: The chikara is a lute that is related to the rubab and dotara in design, string arrangement and tuning. It also has a membrane creating the body of the instrument. A bridge is affixed to the bottom of the neck shaft as the neck is fitted onto the body. The chikara is fretless, the sympathetic strings [chikari] are plucked to occasionally during the performance of the raga. The tail piece is carved of bone and affixed to the back of the instrument. Allowing the strings to be stretched from the tailpiece to the tuning peg. The bridge does pierce through a slit carved into the membrane when the instrument is complete form.

A leather piece underneath protecting the strings from the membrane. The sympathetic strings run from from tuning pegs on the top side the instrument. Through bone beads drilled with fine diameter holes to guide the symmetric string through.

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