Kinnari Veena in India

Kinnari Veena

Kinnari Veena is an ancient stringed musical instrument of India. This instrument derives its name from the divine musician in Hindu mythology, named Kinnara. This instrument finds mention in ancient Sanskrit literature, paintings and sculptures.

The Kinnari Veena is constructed by fitting a log of black wood or bamboo on three gourds, the middle one being the largest. These gourds functions as the resonator. Metal frets, numbering 12 or 14, are fixed on the wooden bar. They form the fingerboard. The neck of this instrument is shaped like a kite. There are 3 metal strings attached lengthwise on the fingerboard, with one string used for producing the drone.

Updated on 20th July, 2018

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