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Dotara (North Indian)

 

The dotara (“two-strings”) is the two-string counterpart of the ektar in North India. It is a hollow wood or bamboo cylinder that is fastened into a hollow gourd. The gourd is covered by a goat skin parchment. There are two strings which are raised by a simple wooden bridge. The strings are tuned to the tonic and the fifth or some or other note depending on the raga being performed.

 

 AUDIO CLIP: Dotara (North Indian)

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012