Height: 36 in
Width: 14.5 in
Depth: 15 in
Indian woman playing sitar-like instrument (sarod), traditional orange dress (Saree)
The sarod has a similar structure to the lute in Western music. There are four main strings, six rhythm and drone strings and fifteen sympathetic strings, all made of metal. These are played by striking with a plectrum made of a coconut shell. The sarod has no frets and is known to be a very demanding instrument to play. 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.