Swar Systems
Photo Instrument name Description Demo Clip
Tabla

Tabla

A pair of 2 drums, the Dayan (the right hand drum) and the Bayan (the left hand drum). It's the most important rhythmic instrument in Hindustani classical music.

No of Patches: 2
Pakhawaj

Pakhawaj

This barrel drum was the traditional classical percussion of North India before Tabla. It has two heads, with the rear coated in bread dough to lower its pitch.

No of Patches: 1
Dholak

Dholak

This round-shaped barrel drum is mostly used for folk music. Unlike Tabla or Pakhawaj, the masala paste is applied inside the low-pitch skin.

No of Patches: 1
Nagara

Nagara

The Nagara, or Nagada, is essentially a kettle drum, and its use is usually to accompany another instrument, most often a reeded wind instrument, the Shehnai.

No of Patches: 1
Sitar

Sitar

The Sitar, perhaps the best known Indian instrument, has usually 4 main strings, 2 chikari strings that are hit to mark the base note (sa), and 13 sympathetics that vibrate along.

No of Patches: 1
Sarod

Sarod

Sarod bears some resemblance with the Sitar, but its head is covered by a thin goat skin that gives it a sweeter sound. It also has a fretless metal neck.

No of Patches: 1
Guitar

Guitar

No need to introduce the Guitar, one of the most popular instruments in the whole world. Indians also use it in both classical and folk music.

No of Patches: 1
Santoor

Santoor

The Santoor is an Indian hammered dulcimer. It is very much used in classical music, but also in folk music, specially in Kashmir.

No of Patches: 1
Sarangi

Sarangi

The Sarangi is an Indian fiddle roughly the size of a viola that is played sitting down like a cello. It was the main accompaniment for vocal and dance performances in the past.

No of Patches: 1
Harmonium

Harmonium

Indian organ, imported by the British. Air is pumped with one hand and played with the other. Has become the main accompaniment instrument for vocal performances, both classical and folkloric.

No of Patches: 1
Bansuri

Bansuri

The Bansuri is a bamboo traverse flute, similar in its design to a modern concert flute. It is one of the oldest music instruments, depicted in ancient scriptures.

No of Patches: 3
Shehnai

Shehnai

The Shehnai is a quadruple reed instrument similar to a classical oboe. It is considered a very auspicious instrument and therefore played on important occasions.

No of Patches: 1
Tabla Bols

Tabla Bols

Bols are rhythmic mnemonics that have been used since ages to transmit rhythmic knowledge from master to student in an oral way.

No of Patches: 1
Sargam

Sargam

In the same way, Sargam, the title given to the collection of notes in India, is the way melodic compositions have been shared from generations until now.

No of Patches: 1
Manjeera

Manjeera

The Manjeera or Manjira, also known as Tala, are a small pair of cymbals that are played with the hands to accompany folk or devotional music.

No of Patches: 1
Tanpura

Tanpura

The Tanpura is a drone stringed instrument, similar in sound to a Sitar being played without fretting any notes. This drone accompanies most classical concerts.

No of Patches: 3