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Vichitra Vina

The Vichitra Vina (“the odd stringed instrument”) is a very rare instrument that combined elements of the ancient and the modern. It is similar to the rudra vina that has two large gourds at both ends of the instrument. It is connected by a wood where there strings, the bridge, and the playing action take place. It is similar to the sitar in that it has main strings, drone strings, sympathetic strings with bone bridges. However, the unique thing about this instrument is that it’s played by a glass ball that slides up and down. The other hand plucks the string. Due to its size, cost of manufacturing, and the difficulty in playing, it is very rare to find this instrument.

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012