Category Archives: Music in India

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Harmonium

A free-standing keyboard instrument similar to a reed organ. Sound is produced by air, supplied by foot-operated or hand-operated bellows, being blown through sets of free reeds, resulting in a sound similar to that of an accordion. In North America, … Continue reading

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Dholak

Dholak is a very popular folk drum of northern India.  It is barrel shaped with a simple membrane on the right hand side; basically it is just a smaller version of the dhol.  The left hand is also a single … Continue reading

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Sitar

Sitar is the most popular instrument in North India today it has a long neck, twenty metal frets, and six to seven main strings with thirteen sympathetic strings running below the neck. The lower end of the neck has a … Continue reading

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Tabla – Indian Drum

Tabla is a pair of drums.  It consists of of a small right hand drum called dayan and a larger metal one called bayan. The tabla has an interesting construction.  The dayan (right hand drum) is almost always made of … Continue reading

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