Definitions for "Tambura"
Keywords:  drone, lute, tuned, sruthi, unfretted
an instrument used as a drone to set the pitch for a performance. Its (often) 4 strings are tuned to the mandra staayi pa, middle sa, middle sa, and taara sa
Long-necked, unfretted lute whose structure is identical to that of the sitar. Fitted with four strings played open-handed, it plays the role of the drone and systematically accompanies vocal and instrumental music.
a drone instrument, usually of four or five strings, that due to the particular construction of its bridges, amplifies the overtone or harmonic series of the individual notes in each tuned string