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. 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.
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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- article by Arunabha Deb, BLink 19-April-2014
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- "Vishwa Mohan Bhatt". vishwanmohanbhatt.com.
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