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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Sarangi
Sarangi
Sarangi is 25" long. 3 main strings overlay sympathetic strings that resonate over a natural skin soundboard. Includes bow, case and tuning tool. Made in India. Listen to the sound of the Sarangi.
 
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Sarangi, Miniature
Sarangi, Miniature
Sarangi, Miniature This is a minature version of the Sarangi, beautifully hand crafted and nicely inlaid. There are 3 main strings that overlay the sympathetic strings that resonate over a natural skin soundboard. It is a decor item. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. 15 1/2" L Includes bow and tuning tool. Made In India.
 
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Sarod
Sarod
The Sarod has 23 metal strings which run along the steel face plate on this rosewood instrument: 8 main strings, 2 drone and 13 sympathetic strings. Floral inlays and a brass toomba add to the visual interest of the sarod. The bridge rests on a natural goat skin sound board giving it a lyrical sound with sustained notes. The steel fret board permits the characteristic slides (or meend) associated with Indian raga. Includes case. Made in India.
 
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Sarod. Miniature
Sarod. Miniature
This is a minature version of the Sarod. It is a decor item, not a serious musical instrument. 15 metal strings run along the steel face plate on this rosewood instrument: 6 main strings, 2 drone and 7 sympathetic strings. Floral inlays and a brass toomba add to the visual interest of the Miniature Sarod. The bridge rests on a natural goat skin sound board giving it a lyrical sound with sustained notes. The steel fret board permits the characteristic slides (or meend) associated with Indian raga. Instrument size: 22 inches Long X 7 inches Wide x 3.5 inches Height. Decorations may vary. Made in India.
 
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Shehnai, Deluxe
Shehnai, Deluxe
Deluxe Shehnai flute is made of rosewood with a brass sole. Includes reed. Measures 16 inches in length without the reed. Made in India.
 
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Shehnai, Plain
Shehnai, Plain
Shehnai, Plain, Includes reeds. Rosewood with plain metal bell. 16 inches in length without the reed. Made in India.
 
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Sitar Case, Double Toomba, Padded Nylon
Sitar Case, Double Toomba, Padded Nylon
This canvas case has one full inch of firm padding on all sides, top and bottom. There is an adjustable shoulder strap and a handle for easy carrying. A 12 inch x 11 inch Velcro pocket on the top will hold instructional materials. The interior dimensions of the sitar case are 8 inches W at the neck and over all 52 inches long. The large toomba compartment is 16 inches wide by 16 inches long by 13 inches deep. The small toomba compartment is 9 inches wide by 9 inches long by 7 inches deep. The suite-case style zipper around 3 sides allows the top to open fully for easy access to the interior. The zipper can accommodate a small lock for security (lock not included). This is a great gig bag for carrying and storage. Not recommended for shipping sitars. Made in India.
 
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Sitar Hard Case, Double Toomba
Sitar Hard Case, Double Toomba
Wooden sitar case with cloth covering. Designed for the double toomba style Sitar. Made in India.
 
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Sitar Hardcase, Single Toomba
Sitar Hardcase, Single Toomba
 
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Sitar String Set by Pyramid
Sitar String Set by Pyramid
Professional sitar string set. Made in Germany by Pyramid Strings. Made in Germany.
 
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Sitar Video, CD ROM
Sitar Video, CD ROM
An interactive sitar learning experience. In this CD ROM, Ustad Dastgeer Khan, the accomplished sitar player and a noted Guru, will teach you the basics of sitar playing with in-depth video lessons, notation charts, photographs and voice-over commentary. Will NOT play in DVD players. Made in India.
 
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Sitar, Fancy Professional by G Rosul
Sitar, Fancy Professional by G Rosul
Fancy Professional Sitar is made by G. Rosul, professional quality, double toomba, 5 main, 2 chikari and 13 sympathetic strings. Approximately 48 - 49 inches in length. Includes extra sitar string set, mizrabs, tuning guide (Book or CD as stock allows), and wooden case. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Made in India.
 
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Sitar, Fancy Professional by Radha Krishna Sharma and Co
Sitar, Fancy Professional by Radha Krishna Sharma and Co
Fancy Professional Sitar is made by Radha Krishna Sharma and Co., Model #104, professional quality, double toomba, 5 main, 2 chikari and 13 sympathetic strings. Approximately 48 - 49 inches in length. Includes extra sitar string set, mizrabs, tuning guide (book or CD-ROM as stock allows), and wooden case. Decorations and colors will vary. These sitars are all individually made and will be unique. Made in India.
 
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Sitar, Lefty Std, Single Toomba, Black
Sitar, Lefty Std, Single Toomba, Black
This Natraj brand, single toomba sitar from Bhargava & Co is designed for the left-handed player. It comes strung in the Vilayat Khan (VK) style; with 4 main, 2 chikari and 12 sympathetic strings, approximately 48-49 inches in length. Includes extra string set, mizrabs, 8-page sitar booklet, and nylon case. While most double toomba sitars are strung in the RS style and single toomba sitars in the VK style, you can change the style of your sitar by re-stringing it with the appropriate number and gage of strings. Single toomba sitars, with have fewer inlays and fewer carvings, offer an elegant alternative to the double toomba sitars. Without the small neck resonator these sitar are less top heavy as compared to the traditional double toomba sitar. Bhargava & Co. was established in 1948 as wholesalers of musical instruments. Today they are a manufacture and a leading exporter of musical instruments. Made in India.
 
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Sitar, Lefty, Fancy Pro, RKS
Sitar, Lefty, Fancy Pro, RKS
Sitar, Lefty, Fancy Pro, RKS Made In India
 
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Sitar, Lefty, Pro, RKS
Sitar, Lefty, Pro, RKS
Sitar, Lefty, Pro, RKS Left Handed. Made by Radha Krishna Sharma & Co., professional quality, double toomba, 7 main and 11 sympathetic strings. Includes extra string set, mizrabs,information and tuning guide, and wooden case. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Made In India
 
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Sitar, Lefty, Pro, Single Toomba
Sitar, Lefty, Pro, Single Toomba
Sitar, Lefty, Pro, Single Toomba Made In India
 
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Sitar, Lefty, Standard
Sitar, Lefty, Standard
Sitar, Lefty, Standard Left Handed. Standard decorations, double toomba, 7 main and 11 sympathetic strings. Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide, and soft padded gig bag. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Made In India
 
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Sitar, Miniature
Sitar, Miniature
Sitar, Miniature This is our miniature version of the Standard Dark Sitar. Standard decorations, no rear toomba, 5 main, 1 chikari and 6 sympathetic strings. Approximately: 22 1/2"L x 6" W x 5" H This is a functioning piece, but is not recommended for students, it is more a decor item. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Made In India
 
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Sitar, Professional by G Rosul
Sitar, Professional by G Rosul
Professional Sitar is made by G. Rosul, professional quality, double toomba, 5 main, 2 chikari and 11 sympathetic strings. Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide (Book or CD-Rom as stock allows), and wooden case. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique. Made in India.
 
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