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Tar Shehnai

What is the Tar Shehnai?

The Tar Shehnai is an esraj (bowed string instrument) with an added mechanical amplifier. This amplifier fixed to the sound board of the instrument is modeled on the gramophone sound box to project a stronger, more directional sound. The amplifier gives the instrument a shehnai (reed instrument) sound quality and the overall effect is very much like a violin sound. 

Listen to the Tar Shehnai

Performer Name: Kirpal Singh
Musical Tradition: North, Hindustani

Where it’s from

Northern India

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