Name: Hansa Veena.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Inventor: Pandit Ravi Shankar, 2000.
Country: India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The Hansa Vina is a modern musical instrument as played in Indian Classical Music. The Hansa Vina is the result of a collaborative project between Pandit Ravi Shankar, Vishan Das, M/S Rikhi Ram and Sons of Dheli.

This instrument is the result from the adaptation of the slide guitar and inspiration from the sitar. This instrument has 13 sympathetic strings running in a parallel plane in line with the marked although non-fretted fingerboard, this approach of using sympathetic strings additional to an arch-top Hawaiian guitar.

This feature is shared by the Chatturangui and Mohan Veena. Both the bridge [jawara]  and nut are raised.  Each of the sympathetic strings is tuned to suite resonance of each note of the raga being performed.  

Citations: Barun Pal 

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