279 dotār

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India (east), Bangladesh
body: wood, with goat skin over the front face; L. 81.5cm
strings: 4, brass and steel
tuning: g-c' -c' -f"

The player sits cross-legged and holds the instrument across the body. The strings are plucked near the bridge with a plectrum held in the right hand. Played primarily in accompaniment of folk song and baul, religious songs of itinerant priests. The name means "two strings". Melodies are played mostly on the third and fourth strings.

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