Sarangi

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Sarangi is a multi-string instrument, about 2 feet long and about 6 inches wide, containing approximately 40 strings. A Sarangi player uses a heavy horsehair bow to play 3 main strings. The remaining strings are resonance strings. The word “Sarangi” literally means “Sau” (hundred) “Rang” (colors). True to its name, Sarangi can be very expressive and rich in the tonal repertoire. Sarangi is often used as an instrument to accompany vocalists. Sarangi can be a great accompanying instrument for a full scale Raag presentation, starting from Alap to a composition sung in a fast tempo. A properly tuned Sarangi substantially enhances the melody in a vocal performance.