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Tambura is a stringed instrument made of wood, copper, and steel. This traditional instrument is found in many parts of North India.

TAMBURA in South India

Material: Wood, steel, copper

A premier drone instrument of carnatic music. The entire body including resonator, long neck and peg box is made out of a single block of wood, preferably jackwood. Hollow from inside. A thin wooden plank is pasted and nailed on the resonator. Four main strings, three of steel and one of coiled copper, rest on a wooden bridge, stretched parallel to the entire finger board and tied to their respective pegs at the top. Small beads are inserted through each string for fine tuning. Plucked continuously by right hand fingers placing it vertically on the lap or on the ground. A counterpart of ‘Tanpura’ of North India.