- Alastair Dick
Fretted stick zither of the Saora (or Savara) people of east-central India. It is a small or medium-sized stick with a gourd resonator attached near the upper end and capped with another pointed gourd segment. About five frets (sticks embedded in a waxy glue) are fitted above the gourd. Two sticks or pegs are inserted, one vertically, one diagonally, on either side of the upper end of the stick, to which a drone string is attached. A similar instrument of the neighbouring Khondh people of Orissa has two gourds and eight frets; Sachs illustrates it but does not give a name. The gogon-jenro of Orissa is also similar. These instruments are often played with the gourd pressed against the chest; the pressure is varied to alter the resonance and overtones. They are of the medieval and later kinnarī vīṇā type.C. Sachs: Die Musikinstrumente Indiens und Indonesiens (Berlin and Leipzig, 1914, 2/1923)...