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date: 10 December 2019

Sarānlocked

  • Alastair Dick

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Fiddle of Kashmir. It is smaller (about 54 cm long) and more slender than modern Indian and Pakistani instruments of the sāraṅgī type. Its slim, rectangular resonator, narrowly waisted to the front, is covered with skin and surmounted by a broad tapering neck; the neck terminates in a square pegbox with two pegs inserted in either side. Of the four main strings, two (including the main bowed string) are of steel and two of gut. There are also 19 sympathetic strings which pass up through the fingerboard from pegs in the right side of the neck. The sarān is used in Kashmiri folk music, including ...

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