- Dimension : 63.5 × 20.32 cm
- Weight : 1.6 kg
String, Khiro Wood, Leather, Paint
Produce your own tunes and immerse yourself in the melodious sound of Sarangi.
Nepali Sarangi is made up of a single piece of wood, having a neck and hollowed-out double-chambered body, they are often made from wood of trees that are easily available, most often that of khiro, saal, lakuri, or Aap. The upper chamber is left open, and the lower opening, upon which the bridge rests, is generally covered up with dried skin of sheep or goat. The strings are tied upon and tuned with the tuning pegs.
The sarangi was named Red Jatayu because the head of jatayu was carved on the top of sarangi and about 1/3 part of it is painted red. In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Jatayu is a divine bird. He tried to rescue Sita from Ravana. It is believed that Jatayu fell on the rocks in Chadayamngalam, Kerala after his wings were clipped off by Ravana. This is the place which is mostly credited to the falling place of Jatayu since rocks there hold striking carvings of Jatayu's beak mark during his last breath and footprints of Lord Ram.
This sarangi was about 1.6 kg and 63.5 × 20.32 cm in Dimension. Red color red has painted which seems to be more attractive and beautiful. This sarangi was made up of khiro wood, leather and string used to complete it.
Sarangi is a traditional folk musical instrument especially played by Gandharva. It is a popular musical instrument made of a piece of wood, the bottom of which is made a hollow and four pieces of strings are fastened tightly with four wooden nails fixed on the top of it. It is played by rubbing on a group of strings especially left and right repeatedly with a small stick, which is fastened with some strings. Sarangi resembles the violin in western culture. Sarangi in Nepal is played from so many years. It has its own famous rhythms and tones. Sarangi in Nepal has been used as an instrument used to convey the message and news across the country. The Gandharvas used to travel across the nation and go home to home singing the song of current affairs and earn some money. That was kind of messenger tradition.
There are different methods of producing notes on the Sarangi. Most players play the Sarangi by pressing the strings slightly with their fingers of the left hand and bowing the strings with right hand. However, Bharat Nepali and his students rub their left hand fingernails to rub against the strings to create sound. The range of the Sarangi covers almost two octaves, and it is tuned in 5ths.