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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.

What are some common instruments playing in Indian music? If you are an expert or know something about the topic, please add to this list of Indian musical instruments names and vote on your favorites.


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    Veena

    Plucked string instrument Widely used Carnatic instrument

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    Guitar

    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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    Violin

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

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    Ghatam

    Carnatic percussion

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    Bansuri

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

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    Santoor

    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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    Carnatic wind instrument

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    Shehnai

    Hindustani wind instrument

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    Tabla

    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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    Kanjira

    Carnatic percussion. Popular contemporary player is Selva ganesh.

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    Harmonium

    Keyboard

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    Sarangi

    Bowed string instrument Hindustani stringed instrument

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    Mridangam

    Carnatic percussion instrument

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    Sitar

    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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    Tambura

    Plucked string instrument Used as a drone to maintain the pitch

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    Sarod

    Plucked string instrument Stringed instrument

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    Saxophone

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

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    Mandolin

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

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    Contemporary harpsichord

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    H'arpeggione

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