Rudra veena is a large plucked string instrument used in Hindustani classical music.
It has a long tubular body made of wood or bamboo with a length varying between 54 and 62 inches. Two large, round resonators, made of dried and hollowed gourds, are attached under the tube. Twenty-four brass-fitted raised wooden frets are fixed on the tube with the help of wax. There are 4 main strings and 3 drone strings.
It is an ancient instrument rarely played today although just two centuries ago it reigned surpreme, and was regarded as the king of all instruments.
RudraVeena is a rare instrument almost on the verge of extinction. It is not easy to get a new veena made, due to lack of craftsmen left who are working on this rare instrument.It is a world heritage instrument, protected and promoted by the UNESCO.
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