india 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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Veena Plucked string instrument - Widely used Carnatic instrument

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

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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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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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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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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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Nadaswaram Carnatic wind instrument

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Shehnai Hindustani wind instrument

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

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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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Sarod Plucked string instrument - Stringed instrument

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Mridangam Carnatic percussion instrument

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Tambura Plucked string instrument - Used as a drone to maintain the pitch

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

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