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Made of quality materials for excellent sound. The body of our North Indian dotara is made of dried gourd. Its top side is cut off and covered with goatskin, like a sarod, dilruba, esraj or sarangi. On the skin there is a small wooden bridge that carries the strings. The neck of the instrument is a long straight wooden bar that goes right through the gourd. The strings are attached to its short end, and its long end carries the two pegs for tuning. The back of the gourd has several small resonating holes.
Posted by Kevin from Aylmer on 10th Aug 2017
Tried using a horse hair bow, and fingering like Dilruba, actually works quite well. Nice sound.
Posted by Paul from New Jersey on 30th Jan 2017
This instrument is very well made. It is surprisingly light-weight but feels very solid and strong. The sound is beautiful and simple with great resonance.