India

The Tambura

Also known as Tanpura


The Tambura or Tanpura, as it is known in north India, is a stringed musical instrument used for producing the basic chord notes. It is an essential element of any Indian classical music performance. Its wooden body has a long hollow neck with a length varying from 3 feet to 5 feet. A bridge made of wood is placed in the center of the instrument. Its four metal strings produce basic tones required for Indian music. In appearance, it resembles Veena and Sitar.


Updated on 7th June, 2005

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