Iktara Folk Indian Music Instrument Single String
Iktara is a single string folk music instrument. It is usually associated with Mirabai, the saint singer of Rajasthan whose poetry proclaims her devotion to Lord Krishna. This instrument is very often used to accompany ballads in Punjabi folk singing. The stem is about 20 inches long, and the bowl is about 4 inches wide. Stem and bowl, both are made in wood. The single string passes over a small wooden bridge and is wound on a peg on the stem. A drone instrument able to produce the basic notes, it is often decorated with tassels and brightly painted.NB: This is a folk music instrument and is handcrafted by the artisans of village India. The folk music instruments are usually meant for sale in the rural local markets. The artisans use very simple and age old tools to make folk music instruments. Almost all folk music instruments therefore lack the finesse that we often see in classical instruments.