Veena Info.

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Veena is an ancient String Instrument being in existence since the Vedic Age. From then it has undergone several innovations and modifications. Current version of Veena is attributed to Raghunath Nayak of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

It consists of a large body hollowed out from a block of wood. Its stem is also made of wood and is carved out in the form a dragon.A Mini Veena is carved out in the shape of peacock. A small resonator is attached to the underside of the neck.

The veena has 24 metal frets embedded in hardened bees-wax, mixed with charcoal powder. A gourd smaller than the body of Veena is fixed under the neck.

Veena has 7 strings out of which four are main and are attached to the pegs. Remaining ones are used for rhythmic accompaniment.

The veena is played by sitting cross-legged upon the floor and placing the veena in front. The small gourd is on the left, the left arm passing round the stem so that the fingers can easily rest upon the frets. The main body of the instrument is placed on the ground, supported by the right thigh.

There are many different versions of Veena. Some of them are Mahanataka veena, Saraswati veena, Rudra veena, Vichitra veena.From these Saraswati Veena is Considered as the Queen of Veena.

Some of the famous manufacturers of Veena in India are: Maharaja Musicals, Bina Musical Store, Vinco Music, Sri Sai Musicals, Hare Krishna Musical Store etc.

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