Ravanahatta | Sounds of Jaipur

Ravanhatha, popularly knowns as ravanahatta is the the oldest extant ancestor of the violin family. It originated among the Hela civilization of Sri Lanka in the time of King Ravana. In Jaipur, one can catch the sound of it around City Palace and Amer Fort. As seen in the picture below, the bowl is made of a cut coconut shell that is covered with goat hide. A Dandi, made of bamboo, is attached to this shell. The two principle strings are made of steel and horsehair, respectively. The long bow has jingle bells. If you want to own one, you have the option of choosing Ravanhatta in various sizes and prices ranging between Rs.250-1500.

Ravanahatha, Jaipur



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