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Pulluvan Veena

Pulluvan Veena, also known as 'Veenakkunju', is a typical one-stringed musical instrument used by the Pulluvans of Kerala.

This ingenious instrument, in the shape of a violin, is made from arralee (teak), jackfruit and coconut shell. Its string is made from a plant known as naagachitaamradaa. The string is stretched across a dish-shaped kinnam (resonator), which has a wooden stem attached to it. There are some wooden bangles at the end of the bow, used to provide rhythms while playing.

The veena is played with a small arrow made out of a piece of bamboo.

Updated on 28th October, 2015

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