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Veena and its Music

The Indian Veena has a credible past back to the Rig Vedic age (3500-2500 B.C). Veena, one of the most ancient instruments finds a mention in the sculptures as well as literary works. The Veena is played all over India. It has two distinct playing traditions namely Hindustani and Karnatic. Bifacial drums - Pakhawaj and Mridangam - are used in these traditions respectively. Art of crafting this instrument is equally important and duly discussed in ancient texts.


Contributed by Prarthana, CEE Ahmedabad