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Bowed Instruments

The best-known Indian string instruments are dilruba, esraj and sarangi. They are used traditionally mainly to accompany singing, because they can imitate vocal phrasing almost perfectly. Their sound is rich, resonant and full of overtones. They owe these qualities to their sympathetic strings and a goatskin membrane stretched on the corpus.

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The esraj comes originally from Bengal. With its fine sound it is suited particularly for the accompaniment of Tagore songs and for many forms of spiritual music.



The dilruba is a little bigger and has more strings than the esraj – and hence a fuller, more powerful sound.



The sharp, slightly nasal sound of the sarangi is one of the most impressive and unusual acoustic colours brought forth from India. The instrument is difficult to play, however, offers a unique richness of expression.

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