What are features to look for while buying one?
Ensure the Sarangi you are contemplating to buy has 3 playing strings, at least 35 sympathetic strings. Preferably comes with a case, set of bow, and peg turning tool.
And finally looks great – with hand-polished finish and so on.
What are the Types of Sarangis’ available in the market?
There is string Sarangi, musical Sarangi and wooden Sarangi. Although the basic concept of the Sarangi does not change, the shape, tuning and the number of strings is seldom the same from one school to another, or even from one generation to another in the same school (gharana).
How is Sarangi played?
When played, Sarangi is positioned in such a way that the topmost part of the instrument is placed on the lap of the player and the other end rests against the left shoulder. It is played with a bow made of horse hair which is held in the right hand. The finger of the left hand is used for stopping the strings. The most notable aspect is that strings are stopped with the sides of finger nails and not by the balls of fingers.
Please throw some light on the various strings of Sarangi.
Most of the Sarangis’ have 3 playing strings, which are played with the cuticle of the index and the major fingers of the left hand. Then it has 1 bronze rhythm string that is tuned on the high tonic, hen there are 11 sympathetic strings placed on two flat bridges near the pegs that are tuned on the notes of the raga, and finally there are minimum 24 sympathetic strings tuned on all the shrutis of two octaves.
The strings with which the Sarangi is played are played with a bow that is held in the right hand.