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Jason

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I have been studying the sursringar for about a year and a half now, learning Dagarbani Dhrupad with Jody Stecher, a disciple of Ustad Z.M. Dagar. It is a challenging instrument but very rewarding. I love it.

Tarafs are not needed as the overtones are very pronounced and amazing.

This particular sursringar has beautiful carving and a great deep rich tone - just what you would expect from a Kanai Lal instrument. It is also very large at 62'' long and 18'' across the tabli. I have never seen another sursringar made by Kanai Lal.

Just to avoid confusion, I am referring to the old company of Kanai Lal and Brother that is no longer around rather than the new company called Kanai Lal.

Photos are here:

http://picasaweb.google.co.in/Acanthusflower/KanailalSursringar?authkey=Gv1sRgCLPPtaOa69e31QE#
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Is it like a dhrupad sarod (in laymans terms)? Never heard of it, beautiful instrument though. I'm curious what it sounds like.
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Drool ! Drool ! Slobber Slobber Slobber ! ! ! Oh ! Thank you, Jason ! ! ! I was getting really antsie for some good instrument porn. Your baby is simply a stunner; real page 3 material. Take good care of this one. It is highly unlikely anything like this will ever come out of India again. Thank you for sharing such a beauty with us. Much appreciated ! ! !
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Wow. truly beautiful.
Love the tabli.
Simple and clean.
Kanai Lal was the tip top of instrument making.
Every instrument I have seen from them is interesting, unique, and stunningly beautiful.
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Simply amazing! How old is it estimated to be?
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Is it like a dhrupad sarod (in laymans terms)?
That is not too far off. This sursringar is tuned similarly to a sarod, though many sursringars have an additional playing string and fewer chikaris. The sursringar is actually an older instrument than the sarod. It was created as a modification of the dhrupad rabab in the 19th century. The rabab's skin head and gut strings made it temperamental during the monsoon season due to the moisture in the air. The skin of the rabab was replaced by a wooden tabli, the wooden fingerboard was replaced with metal, and the gut strings were replaced with metal strings and voila -- the sursringar was born. Although I hold the sursringar horizontally like a sarod and use a jaba, the playing style is very different with much less use of ra strokes, etc. Some hold the sursringar vertically.
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Drool ! Drool ! Slobber Slobber Slobber ! ! ! Oh ! Thank you, Jason ! ! ! I was getting really antsie for some good instrument porn. Your baby is simply a stunner; real page 3 material. Take good care of this one. It is highly unlikely anything like this will ever come out of India again. Thank you for sharing such a beauty with us. Much appreciated ! ! !
Thanks Tony! You have certainly provided me hours of enjoyment looking at all of the instrument porn on your site, so I am glad I could return the favor!
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Wow. truly beautiful.
Love the tabli.
Simple and clean.
Hi Carleton! I agree -- the simplicity of the tabli is a great contrast to all of the carving.
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Simply amazing! How old is it estimated to be?
The person I got it from acquired it in the 1970s, but I don't know exactly when it was made. Does anyone have any estimates? (Tony, I'm looking at you . . .)
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Lovely stuff, Jason
Did I not show you all the Sursringar that was made near Kolkatta that I eventually sold to a gent back here in the UK when I returned with it on the plane???

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Age - ? ? ? Tough to say. What I've seen in Kanai Lal badges is the last years lot had machine cut/printed red ink text with border. Next generation back usually had " near Rabindra Bharati University " included in the text. Yours with the " Kanai Lal & Brother " without the landmark references would most likely put it in the next earlier generation. My best left field guess would be somewhere in the early 60's. Best I can offer.
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