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List of Indian musical instruments

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Lady playing pulluvan veena
Indian tribal drummer

Indian musical instruments can be broadly classified according to the Hornbostel–Sachs system into four categories: chordophones (string instruments), aerophones (wind instruments), membranophones (drums) and idiophones (non-drum percussion instruments).

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ChordophonesEdit

Plucked stringsEdit

 
Painting of a woman with a sitar

Bowed stringsEdit

 
Tribal fiddle instruments called "Dhodro Banam" used by Santhal people in Eastern India.

Other string instrumentsEdit

AerophonesEdit

Single reedEdit

 
Snake charmer playing pungi
 
Musical Percussion Instrument named Mridangam played by T S Nandakumar
 
Bansuri player at fort Jodhpur
 
Indian Harmonium

Double reedEdit

Free reedEdit

Free reed and bellowsEdit

BrassEdit

MembranophonesEdit

Hand drumsEdit

 
Learn To Play Tabla
 
Tumbaknaer, drum from Jammu and Kashmir for accompanying devotionals
 
Chenda (top) and Chande (below) are different drums
 
Chande of Yakshagana

Hand frame drumsEdit

  • Daff, duff, daf or duf - medium or large frame drum without jingles, of Persian origin
  • Dimdi or dimri - small frame drum without jingles
  • Kanjira - small frame drum with one jingle
  • Kansi - small drum without jingles
  • Patayani thappu - medium frame drum played with hands

Stick and hand drumsEdit

Stick drumsEdit

IdiophonesEdit

MelodicEdit

ElectronicEdit

Sound samplesEdit

External linksEdit