Naṇduni [naṇduruni, nantuni]
- Alastair Dick
Double-chested plucked lute of Kerala, south India. The neck and soundbox, of roughly equal length, are carved from one piece of wood. The soundbox is in two sections: the smaller, upper chest is circular, and the longer, lower one roughly ovoid or rectangular with rounded corners, both with vertical sides and a flat back. The sections are separated by a narrow waist. Near the lower end of the wooden soundtable is a deep wooden bridge, flat, rectangular, or a truncated pyramid, and, below this, a frontal string holder. The slender neck, commonly of circular section, terminates in a pegbox, often open from front to back, with one lateral peg on either side; both pegs and a projection above the pegbox are in a bulb design. There are two fibre or gut strings. The frets (from five to 14) are tall, carved wooden blocks affixed at the bottom of the neck and the top of the soundbox; the nut is often in a raised hook extending down over the neck. The ...