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Musical Instruments of India

Musical Instruments of India

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Published by Aman Jain
Contains information about various musical instruments of Indian Musical heritage.
Contains information about various musical instruments of Indian Musical heritage.

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Published by: Aman Jain on Aug 11, 2013
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Musical Instruments of India

India is the inheritor of one of the most ancient and evolved music systems in the world. The continuity of the musical traditions of India is established through a study of musical texts and numerous visual references one finds of musical instruments in painting and sculpture from prehistoric times to the present day.

musical instruments have been divided into four main categories on the basis of how sound is produced. (i) The Tata Vadya or Chordophones- Stringed instruments (ii) The Sushira Vadya or Aerophones- Wind instruments (iii) The Avanaddha Vadya or Membranophones- Percussion instruments (iv) The Ghana Vadya or Idiophones- Solid instruments which do not require tuning.

Sitar is perhaps the most well known of the Indian instruments. Artists such as Ravi Shankar have popularized this instrument around the world. Sitar is a long necked instrument with an interesting construction. It has a varying number of strings but 17 is usual. It has three to four playing strings and three to four drone strings. The approach to tuning is somewhat similar to other Indian stringed instruments

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