Veena is a traditional and classical musical instrument of India. Veena symbolizes the art and culture of traditional India. Music and dance play a vital role in the cultural life of Tamil Nadu; Veena Playing is one among them. Hence, veena making has become major craft of Thanjavur.
The main part of veena is the bridge. Wood is carved in the shape of bridge. Aarak (lacquer) is melted and applied on the wooden bridge on which a flat bar of brass is fixed. Holes are drilled on either of the bridges leg. Saw powder and adhesive are put in the holes and a small piece wood is fixed in the whole. The wooden bridge is fixed in the middle of the resonator. A slightly curved brass bar is fixed adjacent to the bridge, which gives the veena its characteristic sound. The strings are fixed to the veena, passing over these brass bars.
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