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287 esrāj

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India(east), Bangladesh
body: wood, with goat skin over front face; L.92.5cm
strings: 4, steel and brass; sympathetic strings: 15, steel
frets: 19, brass, tied to the neck
bridges: 2
bow: 1
range: ca. B-a'' ; tuning: B-e-e-a

A long-necked, bowed lute of North India. The player holds the instrument vertically, with the head supported against his left shoulder. Primarily used to accompany classical vocal music. It is also used as a solo instrument.

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