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Made by a private maker based in Delhi. This instrument has a unique combination of an instrumental sized tanpura with a Swarmandal with a very sweet tone. Initially designed by the late Pandit Bishan Das Sharma for Pandit Ravi Shankar. Perfect for vocalists and others who want to add an extra dimension to their music. Comes with wound strings on the box tanpura and steel strings on the swaramandala. Comes complete with a padded Gig Bag.
Posted by Louis Marc Vautour on 6th Jun 2016
This tanpura creates beautiful overtones and the resonance you get is perfect. As a starter tanpura this is the ideal instrument. The only drawback is it doesn't have the look and design of a traditional tanpura. It makes up for this in simplicity of design and quality sound. As a bonus the instrument even comes with a second instrument:the swarmandal. Which is the Indian harp tuned to the scales you would improvise over. The sound that people would be familiar with is the Swarmandal from the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields Forever, around 1:10 and 2:10. Very cool sound and gives your tanpura player some other improvisational options. Overall I would give this instrument a 10/10 for cost and quality. It even comes with it's own gigbag. The professional service I received was awesome. A+ all around.
Posted by Steve Chellew on 20th Jan 2015
What a fantastic instrument this is, couldn`t be happier! Beautiful sounding swarmandal that`s VERY easy to tune, and a deep resonant Tanpura also easy to tune. So easy to play both instruments at the same time for a beautiful rich celestial sound. Thanks Mickey! Kala Kendar is the best!
Posted by Randy L on 3rd Apr 2011
Hello Mickey, I received my swarsangam this week, and I am very pleased. Very nice instrument and I appreciate your help in advising me.