CHIKARA

by David Courtney working tools


Chikara

Chikara

Chikara is a simple spike fiddle.  It is played with a bow in a fashion somewhat like a sarangi or saringda.  There is also a smaller version known as chikari.  The term Chikara is somewhat ambiguous; it is often applied to a variety of unrelated folk fiddles of northern India.  In some cases it is a resonator which is penetrated by a spike (upper example) and in other cases it is a thin, spike-like sarangi (lower example).

 


 

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