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Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

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Indian musical instruments list--complete with pictures and names. These instruments are used in Carnatic and Hindustani styles of Indian classical music. While some instruments originated in the Indian sub-continent, Persian and European musical instruments have also been adapted very well for Indian classical music.

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    Guitar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    String instrument, Plucked string instrument Guitar Prasanna has adapted guitar for Carnatic music extremely well. Give a listen to the video.

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    Veena is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Plucked string instrument Widely used Carnatic instrument

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    Violin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    String instrument, Bowed string instrument More widely used in Carnatic as an accompaniment to vocal and other instruments.

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    Bansuri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    The bamboo flute. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is a treat to listen to!

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    Ghatam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Carnatic percussion

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    Carnatic wind instrument

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    Tabla is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Percussion, Drum The most popular Indian percussion instrument. If you haven't heard Ustad Zakir Hussain playing tabla, you haven't lived your life yet!

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    Shehnai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Hindustani wind instrument

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    Santoor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    The scintillating sounds of santoor are always soothing for the soul. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma brought this instrument to popularity in Hindustani music.

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    Kanjira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Carnatic percussion. Popular contemporary player is Selva ganesh.

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    Harmonium is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Keyboard

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    Sarangi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Bowed string instrument Hindustani stringed instrument

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    Sitar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Plucked string instrument Who hasn't heard Pandit Ravi Shankar's mesmerizing music? Sitar is widely used in Hindustani music and a treat to hear!

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    Sarod is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Plucked string instrument Stringed instrument

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    Mridangam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Carnatic percussion instrument

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    Saxophone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Woodwind instrument Before Kadri Gopalnath, I believe the sax was considered "unadaptable" for Carnatic music.

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    Tambura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Plucked string instrument Used as a drone to maintain the pitch

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    Mandolin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    Plucked string instrument Another Western instrument adapted well for Carnatic music by maestro U. Srinivas.

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    Contemporary harpsichord is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    added by JodyDeMarco

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    H'arpeggione is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musical Instruments Used in Indian Classical Music

    added by JodyDeMarco

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