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Sarod

Sarod is an instrument which is derived from the rabab.  It is not an ancient instrument, probably no more than 150 to 200 years.  It is essentially a bass rabab.  It has a metal fingerboard with no frets.  The bridge rests on a taut membrane which covers the resonator.  The sarod has numerous strings, some of which are drone, some are played, and some are sympathetic.  The approach to tuning is somewhat similar to other stringed instruments.  It is played with a pick made of coconut shell.

There are a number of artists who have excelled at this instrument.  Today the most notable are Amjad Ali Khan and Ali Akbar Khan.

 


 

Selected Video

Alam Khan Playing the Sarod

 

Sukhawat Hussain (Sarod) Fayyaz Khan (Tabla) 1937

 

Ustad Ail Akbar Khan

 

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Live Sarod Concert in Atlanta 2007

 

Soulful Bageshree from Rajrupa's Sarode

 


Abhisek Lahiri - Rag Desh

 

Rajeev Taranath ~ Raga Lankadahan Sarang

 

Ken Zuckerman plays Alap in Raga Sindhi Bhairavi

 

Ken Zuckerman & Vishnu Sahai - Bhairavi in 14 beats

 

Ali Akbar Khan - Marwa 01

 

Ali Akbar Khan - Marwa 02

 

 

 

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