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Mayuri Vina

The Taus or Mayuri Vina (both meaning “peacock”) is a stringed instrument that is popular in Punjab. It is one of the common instruments used by the Sikh followers. It is said that it was difficult transporting this instrument whenever one had to travel great distances, which is why the smaller sized dilruba was invented.

 

It is a slightly larger version of the dilruba, with a rather large wooden resonating chamber, with a peacock head at the bass for artistic purposes! Some mayuri vina makers will even add peacock feathers for the artistic touch! Its sound resembles a slightly lower pitched and richer sounding dilruba.

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012