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.