Veena is a traditional and classical musical instrument of India. Music and dance play a vital role in the cultural life of Tamil Nadu; Veena Playing is one among them. Hence, veena making has become major craft of Thanjavur. The veena is four feet in length consisting of a large resonator (tumba), a wooden bridge (Mettu), a tapering hollow neck (dandi), a smaller non-functional resonator and seven strings of the Veena.
Veena making process involves many stages with team work of artisans. The traditional instrument making process begins with carving a single log of wood into veena’s base. Jackfruit wood is used to make the veena. The process of making veena is very much precise and it takes at least 3 to 4 days to complete one complete veena. Jackfruit wood (Pala Maram) is procured from market and kept for seasoning and maturing. Jackfruit wood is easy to carve when the wood is moist; once the wood becomes dry it’s hard to carve with it.
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