Murari Rudra Veena on visit — 11 Comments

  1. I know I am very late here but the reason the thick round kharaj works on the Dagarbani bins is the much greater distance from the back of the bridge to the post. This allows the string to have a much shallower angle when it hits the back on the bridge and it lays on the bridge surface nicely. On the Khandarbani type vin the angl;e from the back of the bridge to the post is extremely acute and tends to “pull” the string above the bridge surface. I use a #18 Karuna Tanpura string (flatwound) on the kharaj of my traditional style vin.

  2. i need a rudra veena in better price for my self use in temple i do no abut the rudra veena please help me to buy it in a correct way
    i need a rudra veena in good colour good size traditional look and beautiful peacock heaed and merun or good black colour in better price old or new

  3. How beautiful!can you tell me where I can get such veena strings,particularly flat wound steel.
    I would be very greatful .sadly damp has ruined present strings. David

    • Hi David, I’ve bought these nice bronze flatwound strings from Raj Musicals in New Delhi. Find contact via

      I’ve bought these strings when I was in New Delhi now 5 years ago. I had to order them at that time. They were custom made, but not only for me, I guess.
      Can be that they have no more contract with the man who actually made it for them.
      I have to say that they sound very good, but they are very fragile.
      Originally, I bought them for surbahar and electric sitar but the wound part deforms and breaks easily. Maybe that’s the reason why they don’t sell anymore. I don’t know…

      Meanwhile I have good experience with Pyramid strings from germany.
      They make very good flatwounds but not in bronze (until now??). The nickel flatwounds also sound very good with a very long sustain and they are very strong !!
      Ask for these. They are also custom made. Ask for “long loop-end” for easy attachement.

  4. I am having a Dagar style Rudra Veena constructed at this very moment. I recently consulted Ustad Bahauddin Dagar re string gauges and he suggests/uses a 1.2mm bronze for the kharaj and tunes to ~ G#. If thats what he recomends then thats what I’m going to start with !

  5. Remco, thank you for your valuable info.
    On this picture you can see the curve I’ve created on the backside of the jawari to imbed the Kharaj. But even this angle seems too steep for a 0.98 mm bronze Kharaj…??

    (click for zoom)

    About the gauges:
    Since I’m not a veena specialist, I don’t know the various details about tunings and gauges as applied per gharana. I do the job as the client wants…

  6. Amazing to see these instruments surfacing every now and then!

    A couple of points: When using a thick Kharaj be sure the angle on the back (where the string leaves the bridge towards the tailpiece) is not steep; otherwise the string will lift slightly from the brigde, because the wire is not flexible enough (I use a 1.2 mm(!!!) for the kharaj.

    Another thing is you tune the veena in G#. Usually AAK-style veena’s are tuned much lower (I checked it with several recordings and he seemed to prefer to tune between E and F). I play a Dagar-veena; these instruments are tuned higher (with thicker strings).

    Away…very nice to see this topic!

  7. Hi,

    I am looking for anyone who wish to sell old Rudra Veena, Vichitra Veena and Taus.

    I have been collecting musical instruments to put them in my museum at Mysore. It is a wax museum on musicians and musical instruments. Currently 110 life-size wax statues and over 320 musical instruments are kept on display. None of the exhibits are for sale and this museum is more educational in purpose.

    Some the statues are visible in the following link:

    I request you to inform me if the above are available at a reasonable price.


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