is the most majestic Indian Classical Instrument.
The modern Sarod is a twenty-five (25) strings instrument
which is plucked with a Coconut shell plectrum held
in the right hand. It's body is made of a single block
of seasoned Toon/Teak/Mehgini wood. The fingureboard
is a smooth fretless steel plate. The Sarod’s
belly is covered with Goat skin. The first of two
Deer-horn bridges rests on the belly and the second
is on the neck before the main pegs. The strings,
of different gauges, are of Steel and Bronze. Four
Main strings carry the melody, four resonating Jwari
strings are tuned to the principle notes of the Raga,
two Chikari strings tuned to the tonic, are used for
drone emphasis and rhythm, and the remaining fifteen
strings knows as Taraf and tuned to the notes of the
Raga in several octaves provide sympathetic resonance.
Beneath the fingure-board is a Thumba (Toomba) made
of Brass, which is used for balance and to rest the
instrument on when it is not being played.