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What difference does the upper tumba make?

Q: What difference does the upper tumba make?A: The upper tumba can be made of a natural gourd or from wood spun on a lathe like a wooden bowl. It adds some volume to the sitar, especially for the bass strings. It easily screws in and out so it can be taken off for transport (i.e if [...]

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What do the terms "Kharaj Pancham" and "Gandhar Pancham" mean?

Q: What do the terms "Kharaj Pancham" and "Gandhar Pancham" mean?A: "Kharaj Pancham" refers to the Maihar style sitars. They have the two bass strings - Low Pa (Pancham) and low Sa (Kharaj). "Gandhar Pancham" refers to the Imdadkhani style sitars. They are usually strung with an extra chikari string usually tuned to Ga (Gandhar).

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Differences between Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan style

Q: What are the differences between Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan style sitars?A: The main difference is that the former have two extra bass strings (Low Pa and Low Sa) thus giving them an extra bass octave. There is some dispute about the where and when of this innovation, but it is usually attributed to Allaudin Khan, [...]

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Who are the main sitar players?

Q: Who are the main sitar players I should listen to?A: There are many great sitar players in India and around the world. Most people consider three musicians, Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan and Nikhil Banerjee to be the pivotal sitarists of the last half of the 20th century. Sitar playing, like Indian classical music in general, [...]

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What are the Six Male Ragas

Q: Can you tell me who are the Six Male Ragas in the North Indian Classical Music system?A: The Six Male Ragas in the North Indian Classical Music system are Bhairav, Malkauns, Hindol, Deepak, Megh and Shree.

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