Mayuri Santur

Mayuri Santur

Mayuri santur is a different form of the zither that is well-known around our parts are spread all over the world. The Indian Santur, which is played with sticks, has developed out of the folk music in Kashmir. It took a long time to find acceptance in classical Indian music. The Indian Santur differs from the Persian Santur in the narrow and high body.

The player sits cross-legged and puts the instrument on his lap. It is played with two heavy wooden drumsticks. On the long sides on the top of the instrument, 15 or 16 wooden bridges each, that are stringed with 2 or 3 strings, are positioned opposite each other. The strings are stringed on the sides of the instrument on metal pins and can be modified by a tuning key. A usual tuning is a diatonic scale on the right row of bridges. The left row then complements the semitones that are missing in the diatonic scale. In order to receive particularly full and resonant sounds, the whole instrument can alternatively be tuned to the pentatonic scale.

The instrument which Tomasz plays called Mayuri Santur and was designed by himselves. It is considerably bigger than Kashmir santur, and is a mixture of sitar and santur. A set of the resonating Javari strings has been mounted on a special bridge. Magnificently sculptured, adorned with floral and animal patterns – the ending of the instrument - a peacock (mayuri – a peacock).

The instrument is manufactured in India and labeled with the name of the artist.


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