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. Average length is approximately 45".
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The Dotara I ordered from KalaKendar is everything I imagined it would be. Simple, sounds great, looks awesome and built to last. Thank you for my new instrument!
Tried using a horse hair bow, and fingering like Dilruba, actually works quite well. Nice sound.
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.