Mohan veena

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[1] The Mohan Veena is a stringed musical instrument used in Indian classical music. It derives its name from its inventor,Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra (1917-1981), who is regarded as one of the greatest sarod players of all time.He has also invented instruments namely 'dil bahar', 'naba deepa' along with mohan veena.


The instrument is actually a modified Archtop guitar and consists of 20 strings viz . 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.[2] 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.[3]

Some of the popular performers include its inventor,Pandit Radhika MOhan Maitra, Grammy Award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Salil Bhatt (who went on to invent the Satvik Veena, a derivative of his father's Mohan Veena), Pandit Satish Khanwalkar and Canadian blues singer Harry Manx.

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  1. ^ article by Arunabha Deb, BLink 19-April-2014
  2. ^ "Mohan Veena". 
  3. ^ "Vishwa Mohan Bhatt". 

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