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Published on Aug 4, 2009
Live at Kabir Cultural Centre, Montreal - Music from the Thar desert of Rajasthan. The haunting tune : Kesariya Balam, Padharo Maro Des - "O saffron-hued lover, step into my country"
The sarangi is an instrument carved out of a single piece of wood. It has a hollow body, with a one-inch thickness at the upper and lower surfaces, and less than half-an-inch thickness at the sides. The instrument is strengthened by a bar across its height. There is a parchment-covered belly usually with holes and 'waist'. This shaping is more marked on the left side. The three main playing strings (made of gut) and one brass sympathetic string are tuned by the four pegs in the lower part of the peg-box on the side. The upper part of the peg-box has eleven tuning pegs for the other sympathetic strings which may be from thirty-five to forty in number. The sarangi is conspicuous by the absence of frets.