North Indian Dotara

The North Indian dotara is a simple instrument with two strings. It is traditionally used by spiritual singers as an accompaniment to their devotional chants. Thanks to its large gourd resonator and goatskin cover, our North Indian dotara has a particularly fine, full and warm sound.

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The open strings are plucked in rhythm with the singing and are either both tuned to the tonic or to the tonic and another fitting note. This creates a supporting drone sound for the singing and gives rhythmic passages a nice groove. The playing technique is so simple that it does not require any learning or practice and does not distract from the chanting. The subtle sound makes the instrument ideal for singing at home alone or in very small groups. Its light weight and simple structure make the North Indian dotara perfect for outdoor use as well. With some aptitude you might also be able to play a few melody notes by pressing the strings against the neck of the instrument.

Sound sample North Indian Dotara


The body of our North Indian dotara is made of dried gourd. Its top side is cut off and covered with goatskin, like a sarod, dilruba, esraj or sarangi. On the skin there is a small wooden bridge that carries the strings. The neck of the instrument is a long straight wooden bar that goes right through the gourd. The strings are attached to its short end, and its long end carries the two pegs for tuning. The back of the gourd has several small resonating holes.

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 123 cm, width 32 cm, depth 22 cm, weight: 1 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.