Description of Programme
The Veena is regarded as the queen of Indian musical instruments, which has a history that dates back to centuries. It has been even described in the season of the ‘Vedas’ that showcases ‘the epitome of magnificence and flourishing of this string instrument’. Also, the instrument is known to have its mention in the “sutras” and ‘arayankas’, which happens to be the sacred books of the Vedic age. The Veena we see in the current location is a polyphonous instrument, which is created and designed by Govinda Dikshitar in the era of Raghunath Naik of Tanjore. Hence it has some other names as well, which include the Tanjore veena or the Saraswati Veena.
The music of the Veena is a blend of several attributes of divinity, peace, sensuality, and gentleness. In the earlier times, Veena was employed as stringed instruments. The previous age Veena is believed to be seeker’s bow, and with the current advancements, it has developed into multi-stringed instrument and in lay man’s language is known as Santoor