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Surmaṇḍal [svaramaṇḍala]locked

  • Alastair Dick

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South Asian name for the plucked board zither. The term means literally ‘circle of notes’ in Sanskrit (svaramaṇḍala) and the derivative north Indian languages (surmaṇḍal). The status of board zithers in South Asia is, on the whole, marginal: in the northeastern states of India, Southeast Asian in language and culture, the ...

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