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Tabla, Sitar and Tambura

Sitar MDMB 959 © Rafael Vargas

Sitar MDMB 959 © Rafael Vargas

These three instruments form the backbone of the Hindustani music of northern India, and also of Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The tabla provides the rhythm, while the tambura creates a harmonic pattern in a continuous harmonic loop. With this as a basis, the sitar then creates rich melodies with very sophisticated codas. The sitar and the tambura held at the Museu de la Música are made from gourds and are richly decorated.

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20. Oriental fragrances: Tabla, Sitar and Tambura

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