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Stringed Instrument
Title Stringed Instrument
Accession Number M03-128
Title2 Sarod type Stringed Instrument
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Anthropology
Object Type Anthropology
Main Material Gourd
Component Material II Metal
Manufacturing Technique Carved
Country India
Origin Place Gujarat/Rajasthan (Bordering region)
Period / Year of Work c.18th century CE
Dimensions Lt. 153 cms (approx.)
Detailed Description This Sarod type string instrument is very much similar to the contemporary day musical instrument Sarod. Similar examples can be seen in old caves, in sculptural art of temples and mural paintings of India. Some early specimens can be seen as early as 2nd century B.C. from Bharhut and Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh) and Gandhara period panels of 3rd century B.C. A musician holding a similar kind of instrument can be seen above the statue of Varaha in the Udaigiri caves of Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, which dates back to 4th-5th century AD, as mentioned by Smt. Sharan Rani Backliwal in her book- entitled "The Divine Sarod" The contemporary Sarod has evolved from ancient `Sarod type instrument'. Over the centuries, development took place in the ancient 'Sarod type' instrument, from which the contemporary Sarod was evolved with modifications, in the instrument and style of playing, by legendary musician 'Baba' Ustad Allauddin Khan. It is composed of gourd resonator, a wooden spine mounted with metal finger board and a rear part with strings-holding pegs, reveals strange continuity of the type of musical instrument designed using strings for creating musical sound. This instrument is an eighteenth century artefact; however, it looks almost identical to a contemporary Sarod, one of the most popular instruments of classical Indian music.
Brief Description This is a stringed musical instrument similar to the contemporary Sarod.