Music in India is broken into two main categories - folk and classical. Though they have similar characteristics they are played by different classes of people. The classical style is enjoyed and played mostly by the upper class while many classes enjoy and perform folk music.

Some folk styles have similar characteristics of classical style such as rhythm, meter and ragas (a series of 5 or more musical notes upon which a melody is founded). Over 500 folk instruments have been collected in India but musicians say that is just the tip of the iceberg. Some folk instruments have been adopted by classical musicians. A sarangi has been a favorite accompaniment instrument in classical circles. The shehnai is also a popular instrument in both groups.

Classical music, first performed only in temples and courts, has its origins as a meditation tool for attaining self-realization. One of the most complex and complete musical systems ever developed, it uses very small intervals of sound. The sound is monophonic consisting of melody without accompanying harmony. Some popular Indian instruments include sitar, sarod, tambura, shehnai, sarangi and tabla.

Musical instruments from the Indian culture are listed below. Please also see the instrument categories on the left to explore additional musical instruments from India.


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banjira Sitar,.75 Size, Single Toomba, with Bag
banjira Sitar,.75 Size, Single Toomba, with Bag
banjira Sitar,.75 Size, Single Toomba, with Bag has 5 main, 2 chikari and 11 sympathetic strings, approximately 42 inches in length. No rear toomba. Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide (Book or CD-Rom as stock allows), and gig bag. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Made in India. SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS: There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.
 
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Ankle Bells, 100 on a String
Ankle Bells, 100 on a String
Total of 200, 5/8 inch brass ankle bells. 100 bells are braided into each cord. They may be held, or worn on the ankles, wrists, or even neck. Made in India.
 
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Ankle Bells, 25 on a String
Ankle Bells, 25 on a String
Total of 50, 5/8 inch brass bells. 25 bells are braided into each cord. The northern Indian State of Uttar Pradesh is well known for quality brass manufactories. Once cast, these solid brass bells are transported to Mumbai (Bombay) on the west coast, for assembly and export. Bells are primarily worn by Indian dancers on their ankles or wrists to accent their movements. You can also hang them on your drums. They will add just the right sound to lots of activities. Made in India.
 
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Ankle Bells, 3 Rows with buckles
Ankle Bells, 3 Rows with buckles
Total of 48, 5/8 inch solid brass bells on two vinyl straps with buckles. Can be held or worn on ankles or wrists. Colors may vary. Straps are 4 inches long. When buckled they adjust from about 2.5 inches diameter (it fits a wrist nicely), to 3.5-4 inches diameter. There are 3-4 holes for sizing. Made in India.
 
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Ankle Bells, 50 on a String
Ankle Bells, 50 on a String
Total of 100, 5/8 inch brass ankle bells. 50 bells are braided into each cord. They may be held, or worn on the ankles, wrists, or even neck. Made in India.
 
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Bamboo Flute Set
Bamboo Flute Set
Bamboo Flute Set Set of13, six-hole cross blown bamboo flutes of Middle High Pitch. Manufactured by the Nabi & sons International Flute Manufacturer of India. Notes include: G#, A, B, B#, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#. MAde In India
 
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Banjira Sitar Chikari & Sympathetic String Set
Banjira Sitar Chikari & Sympathetic String Set
The Banjira Sitar Chikari and Sympathetic String Set contains 15 steel strings with looped ends made in the USA. The chikari are typically drone strings while the sympathetic strings vibrate on their own creating the overtones that give the sitar its distinctive sound. The tuning of the chikari and the sympathetic strings may vary with the school or style of music being played. Tuning and String Gauges: Chikari 1-2, .009, .234 , Steel; Sympathetic 1-13, .009, .234, Steel. Made in USA.
 
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Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 5, Light
Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 5, Light
The Banjira Professional Light 5-String Sitar String Set consists of looped end strings made in the USA with the following diameters and materials: String 1, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 2, 0.015IN, 0.376mm, Bronze; String 3, 0.015IN, 0.376mm, Bronze; String 4, 0.022IN, 0.559mm, Brass; String 5, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel. Made in USA.
 
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Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 6-String
Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 6-String
The Banjira Professional 6-String Sitar String Set consists of looped end strings made in the USA with the following diameters and materials: String 1, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 2, Not Used; String 3, 0.015IN, 0.376mm, Bronze; String 4, 0.022IN, 0.560mm, Bronze; String 5, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 6, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel; String 7, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Stee; tarab, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel. Made in USA.
 
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Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 7, Heavy
Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 7, Heavy
The Banjira Professional Heavy 7-String Sitar String Set consists of looped end strings made in the USA with the following diameters and materials: String 1, 0.012IN, 0.315, Steel;String 2, 0.015IN, 0.376mm, Bronze;String 3, 0.022IN, 0.559mm, Bronze;String 4, 0.028IN, 0.711mm, Bronze; String 5, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 6, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel; String 7, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel; tarab, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel. Made in USA.
 
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Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 7, Light
Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 7, Light
The Banjira Professional Light 7-String Sitar String Set consists of looped end strings made in the USA with the following diameters and materials: String 1, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 2, 0.015IN, 0.376mm, Bronze; String 3, 0.015IN, 0.376mm, Bronze; String 4, 0.022IN, 0.559mm, Brass; String 5, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 6, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel; String 7, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel; tarab, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel. Made in USA.
 
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Banjira Sitar String Set, Std, 6-String
Banjira Sitar String Set, Std, 6-String
The Banjira 6-String Sitar String Set consists of looped end strings made in India with the following diameters and materials: String 1, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 2 Not Used; String 3, 0.015IN, 0.376mm, Bronze; String 4, 0.022IN, 0.560mm, Bronze; String 5, 0.012IN, 0.315mm, Steel; String 6, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel; String 7, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel; tarab, 0.009IN, 0.234mm, Steel. Made in India.
 
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Banjira Sitar String Set, Std, 7, Light
Banjira Sitar String Set, Std, 7, Light
The Banjira 7-String Sitar String Set consists of looped end strings made in India with the following diameters and materials: String 1, 0.012 in, 0.32 mm, Steel; String 2, 0.015 in, 0.38 mm, Bronze; String 3, 0.015 in, 0.38 mm, Bronze; String 4, 0.022 in, 0.56 mm, Brass; String 5, 0.012 in, 0.32 mm, Steel; String 6, 0.009 in, 0.23 mm, Steel; Tarab, 0.009 in, 0.23 mm, Steel. Made in India.
 
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banjira Sitar, Half Size, Nylon Bag
banjira Sitar, Half Size, Nylon Bag
The banjira Sitar, Half Size with Nylon Bag has 5 main, 2 chikari and 9 sympathetic strings and rear toomba, approximately 36 inches in length. Toomba colors may vary. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide (Book or CD-Rom as stock allows) and a padded nylon bag. Made In India. SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS: There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.
 
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banjira Sitar, Half Size, Single Toomba, with Bag
banjira Sitar, Half Size, Single Toomba, with Bag
banjira Sitar, Half Size, Single Toomba, with Bag has 5 main, 2 chikari and 11 sympathetic strings, single toomba, approximately 36 inches in length. Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide (Book or CD-Rom as stock allows) and padded nylon bag. Toomba colors may vary. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Made in India. SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS: There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.
 
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Beginner Cymbal, Belly Dance CD
Beginner Cymbal, Belly Dance CD
Beginner Cymbal, Belly Dance CD by Mary Ellen Donald (1977; remastered 1999; disc released 2005). After giving a brief lecture on rhythm and cymbal technique, Mary Ellen presents instructions for combining simple cymbal patterns with simple dance steps while providing a drum accompaniment throughout. An introduction to popular belly dance rhythms is included. This CD is useful for individual and group practice sessions. Mary Ellen Donald has been involved in Middle Eastern music as a dance student and a musician since the late 1960's. She is known by many as the Guru of finger cymbal playing. Mary Ellen studied dance with Jamila Salimpour, drum and tambourine with Vince Delgado, Tony Lammam, and various Arab drummers. She has written, produced and published several books and tapes on Middle Eastern music. Since the 1970's she has performed in numerous concerts, on albums including Magda Helmy, Gallal Kutub, Yusel Mostafa, and Light Rain, and on the soundtrack ABC-TV series, the Young Indiana Jones. Mary Ellen continues to be in high demand as a musician, teacher, and organizer of events. Her youthful vitality and highly developed sensitivity to music may be partially attributed to her being legally blind. Excerpt from The Caravan, Vol. 13, #6, May/June 1997. Made in USA.
 
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Beginning Sitar Exercises DVD by Ashwin Batish
Beginning Sitar Exercises DVD by Ashwin Batish
Sitar Tutor Number Two, Beginning Sitar Exercises, follow on to Tutor Number One. Program duration 65 minutes. DVD. Made in USA.
 
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Bra Cover for Belly Dance, Nickel, Mirror
Bra Cover for Belly Dance, Nickel, Mirror
One size fits most. Includes replacement parts. Made in India.
 
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Changing Your Sitar Strings DVD by Ashwin Batish
Changing Your Sitar Strings DVD by Ashwin Batish
Changing Your Sitar Strings video by Ashwin Batish. Program duration 62 minutes. DVD. Made in USA.
 
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Unloaded Goatskin head for the Dhol. 13 inch diameter. Made in India.
Dhol Goatskin Head, 13 Inches
Unloaded Goatskin head for the Dhol. 13 inch diameter. Made in India.
 
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