Music of India: Veena

Doreswamy V. IyengarThe Southern Veena was brought into use by Raghunatha Naik, a ruler of Tanjavoor, consisting of twenty four fixed frets.

The body is hollowed out of a block of wood. The neck is attached to the stem having a weird figure like the head of a dragon.

There are seven strings in all.

The Vichitra Veena of the North and a rare instrument, was introduced by Ustad Abdul Ajij Khan, a court musician at Indore.

It is of comparatively recent origin. It has a broad stem and six main strings are fastened to wooden pegs fixed to the other end.

It is played by means of a plectrum on the right hand finger.

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