Ravanaster

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Ravanaster

 

(ravanastram, ravanastron), an ancient Indian bowed string instrument, consisting of a hollow wooden cylinder, one end of which is covered with skin (usually snakeskin), forming a soundboard. Pegs and one or two strings are attached to the top of the instrument’s long neck, which consists of a wooden shaft.

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