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KKSongs Tanpura Tutorial

Welcome to the KKSongs Tanpura page! This page will contain information about Indian instrument called the tanpura. The tanpura is a fretless drone instrument which has a body similar to a sitar. Unlike the sitar, the tanpura does not play melody, does not have frets, or sympathetic strings. The tanpura is a simple four stringed instrument that is strummed throughout a musical piece to emphasize the drone. Even though its use is found in classical and semiclassical forms of music, the tanpura can be used in any field of music.


Types of Tanpuras

Tuning of the Tanpura

Care and Maintenance

Tanpura MP3s


UPDATED: July 29, 2010