Facts about Indian instruments

By | April 10, 2021


A sitar is a long-necked lute from northern India. It has more than 20 strings – four to seven main strings and a series of sympathetic strings that vibrate when a corresponding pitch sounds. Along the neck of a sitar are 18 movable frets that bend over the strings.


Chikara is a three-stringed melody instrument that is played vertically with a bow. It is usually used to play Indian folk music.


A venue is a flute that is played using the flat part of the fingers instead of the fingertips to cover the holes. Venus is made of bamboo and reed.


One of the most common drums in India is damaru. It has an hourglass shape and two drums on opposite sides.


Tabla is a pair of Indian drums – one smaller and one larger. The smaller drum is played with the right hand and is made of wood, while the larger drum is played with the left hand and is made of brass. Each has a large black spot in the middle of the drum head. This place is made of chewing gum, soot and iron fillings; It is responsible for the drum’s distinctive bell-like timbre. Indian instruments have clear tones – mainly due to India’s idiosyncratic tuning system. The country produces more woodwinds, stringed instruments and percussion instruments than brass instruments, which form the basis of the meditative quality of many Indian songs. In the 1960s, rock bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones highlighted the soundproof sounds of Indian music using Indian instruments in their recordings.