Musical Instruments of Rajasthan
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Musical Instruments of Rajasthan

The Musical instruments of Rajasthan include:[1][2][3][4]

Raavan Hatha

Raavan Hatha, or 'Raavan's Hand' is a string instrument modelled from a legend telling the story of how the creature called Raavan came upon his death by Lord Rama in Sri Lanka. Fifteen metallic pegs run along the stem of the instrument representing Raavan's fifteen fingers. The two wooden pegs behind the stem represent his thumbs. The coconut base represents the shoulder and the strings represent the nerves.


The seventeen-string kamaicha, or khamaycha, is a string instrument constructed out of a piece of mango wood, featuring a round resonator covered in goat leather.

Sakar Khan is the inventor of the Khamaycha. His son Darre Khan is a well known Manganiyar musician of Jaisalmer.

Three of its strings are made of goat intestine, while the other fourteen are made of steel. It is one of the oldest string instruments in the world played with a bow[]. It is a key presence in Rajasthani folk music.


  1. ^ Cyberpark Team. "Rajasthan Music & Dance, Rajasthan Musical Instruments, Rajasthan Travel Guide".
  2. ^ "instruments - rajasthan".
  3. ^ "Bhutte khan manganiar".
  4. ^ "Folk Instruments of Rajasthan".

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