Hansa Veena

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

Description: The Hansa Veena 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.

Construction: 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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