|On 22 September, the research team for the Music on the move initiative visited the town of Banepa, some 30 kilometres away from Kathmandu, to meet Ram Manandhar at his woodwork shop. In addition to making furniture, which is his main form of livelihood, Manandhar is also a skilled sarangi maker. A large percentage of the sarangis in circulation within the Kathmandu Valley are his creations. Below is a basic summary of the materials and measurements involved in the making of a sarangi. This is the first in a series of articles to appear on the sarangi’s organology.
Parts of a whole
(Visit the gallery to see pcitures of the different parts of the sarangi)
The dimensions of the sarangi depends on the its scale and range capabilities. The A-B-C-D range sarangi has a neck length of 3.25 inchs and a bridge of 1/2 inches. Meanwhile, the E-F-G range sarangi has a neck length of 4.15 inches and a bridge of 2.15 inches.
The string used can be of a variety of kinds including telephone wire, guitar strings, monkey gut and cycle gear wire.
The steps to making the bow of the sarangi are as follows:
– Cut the bamboo to a length of about 18-19 inches
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