From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

In Hindustani music, meend (Hindi: मींडْ ْ, Urdu: میند‎) refers to a glide from one note to another.[1] It is an essential performance practice, and is used often in vocal and instrumental music. On the veena, sitar, and other plucked stringed instruments, it is usually done by pushing the strings across the frets to vary their effective length and tension; compare portamento and finger vibrato. It is considered a sort of alankar, or ornament.

Meend is important part of any classical performance, however it is a technique not possible on a hand-held harmonium often used in musical concerts, traditionalist singing khyal prefer an accompaniment like sarangi.[2]


  1. ^ Introduction to Meend at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.
  2. ^ Encyclopaedic Dictionary of World Musical Instruments. Global Vision Pub House. pp. 273–. Retrieved 13 July 2013.