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mayuri vina

The mayuri vina (A.K.A. Taus) is defined by its peacock shaped body.  Even the word mayur means "peacock".  This instrument is of the same class as the dilruba and the esraj.  Like the other members of this family the differences are so slight that one may move from one instrument to another with ease.  This instrument was nearly extinct, but it seems to have made a resurgence in the last few years.



Selected Video

rag tukhari on taus


Kaliyaan Jugalbandi 2


Ranbir Singh's Introduction


Ustad Ranbir Singh Ji ~ Taus ~ Raag Raamkali



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