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The Rudra-Vina is a very old
instrument around which many legends of magic powers have
developped. Unfortunately it is no longer available in
a good quality, as the experienced instrument makers (mostly
family businesses with carefully guarded secrets of their
art) are gradually dying out and even well-known manufacturers
do not take the risk of producing this instrument. Due
to the low demand there is not a lot of experience of
how to make it anymore. Also most of the instrument makers
refuse making a Rudra-Vina because they believe it is
bad luck to do so.
of the well-known stringed instruments of today come from
the Rudra Vina. In the northern Indian tradition it was
regarded as the noblest solo instrument for centuries.
Playing technique and repertoire as well as the art of
making it were carefully guarded family secrets. Because
of the very exclusive character of the Rudra Vina, its
difficult playing technique and its very low, highly introvert
sound character, it is almost extinct nowadays.
Rudra-Vina has a long wooden resonance tube. This carries
a bridge, frets and pegs. Attached to the tube are two
large pumpkin resonators that serve as sound amplifiers.
One of the resonators is put on the left shoulder in the
traditional playing posture. The player holds the tube
diagonally in front of himself and sits between the two
pumpkins. The four playing strings are fingered and pulled
sideways like in the case of the Sitar. They are plucked
with changing strokes of right index and middle finger.
Both these fingers have a wire pick. The Rudra-Vina does
not have any resonant strings.
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