The Mohan Veena is a stringed guitar used in Indian classical music. It derives its name from its inventor, Radhika Mohan Maitra (1917-1981). He has also invented instruments namely 'dil bahar', 'naba deepa'.
The instrument is actually a modified Archtop guitar and consists of 20 strings - three melody strings, five drone strings strung to the peghead, and twelve sympathetic strings strung to the tuners mounted on the side of the neck. A gourd (or the tumba) is screwed into the back of the neck for improved sound quality and vibration. It is held in the lap like a slide guitar. The Mohan Veena is under tremendous tension; the total strings pull to be in excess of 500 pounds.