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The Esraj

This musical instrument is an heirloom of my late Grandma. It has a soft-sweet sound, (very reminiscent of her!) produced by drawing the bow across four primary strings. There are twenty more, which passes diagonally under the four above, and vibrate sympathetically when the right note is struck. The top part of the esraj looks like a sitar, although one doesnt need to press upon the frets to produce the sound - a mere pressure on the string at strategic points, while sliding up and down, is enough to produce a most mellifluous sound. Here the back portion of the lower end is painted.

Watercolor on paper || Size - 8.5" x 10" (approx) || 119 K

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