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Tanpura (Tambura)

Tanpura is a long-necked plucked drone instrument from the lute family. In Northern part of India, it is commonly known as tanpura whereas in southern part it is more common as tambura, thamboora, thambura, or tamboora. The body shape of the tanpura is similar to that of the sitar, but it has no frets and the strings are played open.The three main styles of tanpura are: Miraj style, Tanjore style and the small instrumental version called Tamburi.Tanpura is mostly used in Indian Classical music(both Hindustani and Carnatic) as an accompainment to the musicians.

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