Thanjavur or Tanjore is a district in Tamil Nadu state of South India. Thanjavur is a well-known for its tradition, arts, architecture and culture, also famous for heritage temples which are located in the district. 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. Many families of Thanjavur are involved in Veena making.
Saraswathi veena is the instrument associated with Saraswathi, the goddess of learning and the arts. This instrument is common in south India and is an important instrument in Carnatic sangeet. The traditional art is carried alive from ancient times to new generation. According to Hindu Mythology Gods and goddesses play various instruments particularly veena is played by goddesses Saraswathi.
Instruments are made from wood of Jackfruit tree. The skilled art of veena making is made on the single block of wood. Several stages are involved in making of Veena. The instruments are made and sold worldwide according to the customers demand. Veena is played in the famous temples of Thanjavur and on other auspicious occasions alongside the use of other Musical instruments.