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  • Sarangi

The general use of the term ‘Sarangi’ encompass instruments such as the saringda, chikara, and the kamancha. .It has three to four main playing strings and a number of sympathetic strings. The instrument has no frets or fingerboard; the strings float in the air. Pitch is determined by sliding the fingernail against the string rather than pressing it against a fingerboard (like violin). This instrument is extremely difficult to play, as a consequence its popularity is on the decline. Sarangi is traditionally associated with the kathak dance and the vocal styles of thumri, dadra and kheyal. Sarangi is also used in Tabla solo performance as an accompany instrument, it’s called ‘’nagma’’.

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