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Sursrngar

 

The sursrngar (“the decoration of notes”) is a rare, almost extinct, instrument, which resembles the sarod and sitar. It has a resonator shape and fingerboard that resembles the sarod, while it has wooden soundboard (tabli) and a camel bone flat bridge (jawari) which resembles a sitar. This instrument uses sarod techniques while having the sitar-like buzz. Due to its large size and the buzz, it was a favorite for musicians who wished to play vina compositions from dhrupada music. However, as dhrupada music went out of vogue, the sursrngara is has declined very sharply to the point where barely anyone has heard of it.

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012