Bengali Dotar

The Bengali dotar is a kind of simple mini-sarod. Dotar actually means 'two-strings', however, the Bengali dotars have four melody strings, just like a sarod.

EU: 199 € (incl. bag)
incl. VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 12,90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 171.55 € (incl. bag)
plus 12,90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

As with the sarod, the strings run over a smooth fretless metal finger-board, allowing smooth melodic sliding movements and flexible intonation. The wooden body is covered with goatskin. As for the pitch of the playing strings, the same intervals used for the sarod apply. Since the dotar is noticeably smaller, the pitch has to be raised significantly


Four melody strings, additional drone string on some instruments, wooden body and neck with brown polished varnish, goatskin top, metal fingerboard, simple carving decoration on body and / or pegbox, string holder made of brass.

General Info

The North Indian dotara is not to be confused with the Bengali dotar. The latter is a more complicated melody instrument with usually four strings and reminds of a little sarod in terms of construction and playing technique.

Manufacturer / Supplier

PALOMA is the international brand name for instruments made by Haribhau Vishwanath from Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Haribhau Vishwanath was founded in 1925 as a small repair business and developed into one of the leading Indian harmonium manufacturers in the course of decades. In addition, Haribhau Vishwanath makes shrutiboxes, santoors, swarmandals and some drums. Haribhau Vishwanath is also an active musical instrument trader and supplies us with some rarely demanded instruments where a direct purchase from the manufacturer is not profitable. Thanks to his good infrastructure and long experience with instrument manufacturing, trading and international shipping, Haribhau currently supplies all common harmonium models and many other instruments constantly in a high quality regarding workmanship. In addition, he excels through attractive innovations, like e.g. the harmonium Compactina or a particular silk-mat finish. Haribhau Vishwanath is a partner of India Instruments since 2005. Today the company is run by Ashish Diwane.


Measure: length 70 cm, width 15 cm, depth 14 cm, weight: 1 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description