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About the Saraswati Veena:

The Saraswati Veena is one of the most ancient and revered of South Indian instruments. Together with Bansuri flute this form of veena may be seen in many sacred pictures of Saraswati, goddess of music.



Have you ever seen "Rudra Veena"? The Rudra Veena is an instrument that is rarely heard on the concert stage now. Although,two centuries ago it was regarded as the king of all instruments. The duration of these veena's notes is incredibly long. The sound produced by rudra veena composed of regular, uniform vibrations. The Rudra Veena is considered the mother of all string instruments. Around since very ancient time, Lord Shiva is said to have played this instrument when he created whole Brahamanda . The belief is that Shiva and Parvati used to dance to the music that emanated from this instrument.



Melody is produced on four metal strings that run above the frets. These are stretched over a wide bridge that sits on the body of the veena. Three other strings run alongside the neck of the instrument. These are used for maintaining time and for playing the drone. The performer, who sits cross-legged on the stage, rests the small resonator on the left lap. The fingers of the left hand are used to press, pull and glide on the frets, while the fingers of the right hand are used to pluck and twang the strings.



The veena is one of the most ancient string instruments of India. Its origin can be traced back to the ancient yazh, a stringed instrument, similar to the Grecian harp. Bharata, in his Natya Shastra, explains the theory of the 22 sruti-s in an octave with the help of two experimental veena-s.




The veena is a complete instrument and provides the basic components: sruti, laya and sahitya. Its main attraction is the mellow tonal quality which is capable of evoking a meditative atmosphere


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