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Dilruba

 

The dilruba (lit. ďenchanter of the heartĒ) is a bowed instrument from West India. The dilruba is the cousin of the esraj of central and northeast India. It has a neck, similar to that of a sitar, while the soundboard resembles a sarangi. The The dilruba is very similar to esraj. Unlike the esraj, the dilruba is slightly bigger in width and the resonator resembles a sarangi (as opposed to the esrajís resemblance of the sarod or sarinda). In addition, there are four more strings on top, known as the jawari strings, which function to give a sympathetic buzz to the most predominant notes. Lastly, the sympathetic strings are attached through the neck as an intermediate, whereas the esrajís sympathetic strings start from the peg and goes through the bridge directly. Despite these differences, the esraj and dilruba playing technique are so similar that one could interchange between them.

 

AUDIO CLIP: Dilruba

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012