- Alastair Dick
Ancient Indian, Vedic Sanskrit, term, usually translated as instrumental music of harps or flutes. Sachs (1940) identified it as a flute, perhaps following the Sanskritist Zimmer and relying on a connection with storm gods and thus with wind. A passage in the Ṛgveda (i,85,10) refers to blowing the vāṇá, but others imply the translation ‘voice’ or (metaphorically) ‘song’. In later Vedic texts vāṇá is also referred to as ...