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Surinda. Choutara. Dara. Surod. A Morning Concert.

Surinda. Choutara. Dara. Surod. A Morning Concert.

Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1831

Shelfmark: X751/1(8)

Item number: 75118

Genre: Print

Plate 8 from the first part of James Prinsep's 'Benares Illustrated'. Prinsep (1799-1840), an antiquary and colonial administrator was assay master at the Benares Mint between 1820-30. The lithographs published in this collection were based on his original sketches of the various views of the 'holy' city of the Hindus. Of this plate he writes: 'The instruments represented in this sketch are the Surinda, or violin, the Choutara, or four-wired guitar, the Dara, a kind of tambourine and Surod: the last is the leading instrument, and is surrounded with a plectrum, like other native guitars. The Surinda plays in unison with it, while the choutara forms a kind of bass accompaniment, or rather performs the same office as the drone among the wind instruments'.

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