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SARANGI (68.59.93)

The sarangi is an important bowed string instrument in North Indian music.  It is characterized by its short, thick neck.   It is traditionally carved from a single block of “tun” wood, and its resonator is covered with goat skin.  It typically has 3 or 4 gut strings, and a variable amount of “sympathetic” metal strings that are played with a bow.  The bow is held palm up. 

Due to its flexible tuning, the sarangi is commonly used for accompanying singers, as it has the ability to reproduce the sound and tonalities of the voice.

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