INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Indian Music Forum: tampura male or female????


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tampura male or female???? Dec 13, 2003 03:10 p.m.

I would like to know the difference betwenn tampura "male" and "female".
Keshav Das
Tanpura male or female???? Dec 15, 2003 08:10 a.m.

Male or female is determined by the strings. Male tanpuras are set up with light strings, generally around 9 gauge to 15 gauge. Male tanpuras are set up with heavier strings. The suitablility of the tanpura is determined by the player to be accompanied. At one of the concerts I attended in Delhi last winter the female vocalist had two tanpura players that used enormous male-voiced tanpuras and just to be safe, she had a Raagini Pro too. The sarangi player Ram Narayan is generally accompanied by someone on a small female-voiced travel tanpura.
Chris Pereji
Re:tampura male or female???? Dec 15, 2003 10:35 a.m.


The following link has some info on male/female tanpuras:


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