Similar to the violin, Kingri is a single stringed instrument used by the Pradhans of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The instrument finds application in religious rites, death ceremonies, marriages and festivals.

The whole structure is covered with goat skin and the resonator box is square in shape. A long bamboo is inserted into the fingerboard with three pegs. The bow shaped strings are made using three tufts of horse hair. While playing, the instrument is placed in such a position that the sound box is near the chin and the pegs near the palm of the outstretched hand. Brass bells are tied on the bow, which create a delicate rhythm along with the music.

Updated on 28th July, 2015


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