The Art of India ➔ Female Indian Musician Playing Sruti Box While Wearing a Saree
Height: 36 in
Width: 14.5 in
Depth: 15 in
Indian woman playing box-like instrument (Sruti Box), traditional bright green and orange dress
A sruti box is typically used to create a drone, or continuous pitch throughout a piece of music. Using bellows, the player can continuously push air through the instrument much like another traditional Indian instrument, the harmonium. Indian classical music is intimately associated with temple rituals. Devdasis (women dedicated to the temples) were the developers and the keepers of Indian classical music who performed in temples during religious celebrations. They could read and write; they knew poetry; they taught yoga to the community, and unlike other women, they could buy and sell property.