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Is there different types of sarangis like is there a MAJOR difference between the sarangis dhaddis play and those that raagis play or used in classical music?

Yes.

Everyone has noticed the two inch hole in the skin of a dhadi sarangi right? That's put there on purpose. The sarangi has roughly 40 tarabs (sympathetic strings) and this makes the sarangi echo to the far dimensions of a person's soul. That's why its called the sarangi, sau rang, or hundred colors.

Dhadi singers, however, don't need this echo, because when they sing they need the notes to hit directly. Therefore there's a hole in the dhadi sarangi, because the hole makes the echo go away, and the soul to come out louder and more direct. Dhadi sarangis also only have about 10 tarabs.

Some raagis will choose to put very small holes in their sarangis, but this is meant to increase volume.

Another difference between the two is the actual shape and size of the sarangi. Dhadi sarangis are thinner, and are very similar to Nepali sarangis. The strings are also farther apart, and some sarangis only have two strings, because dhadis rarely ever sing that low. Classical sarangis are wider and have three strings in order for the musician to be able to play kharaj (lower octave) notes.

But then again, there are very few raaagis who play sarangi since Darbar Sahib has labelled it a dumb instrument (irregardless that it was given to us by Guru Hargobind Patshah to sing vaars with). I doubt we'll be seeing a proper sarangi being played in Harmandir Sahib anytime soon.

There are many types of sarangis. Sarangi is one of the oldest instruments in the world, and its variations are dintinguished by region. Southern sarangis differ from Northern ones, and so on.

By the way..BASS SINGH PLAYS SARANGI!!!!!

If anyone in the Midlans would like to start playing an instrument handed down to us by our Guru Sahibs, then let either me or Bass Singh know, we can start classes there.

If anyone in the London area would like to learn, classes are going on as we speak in Southall, Slough, Southgate, Ilford, and Central London. Let me know if you are interested.

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i sort of play sarangi. dhadi style tho. learned a little from Dhadi Ajit Singh Sarangi master..

there 2 types of sarangi that dhadis play. 1 is called the Tota which smaller and thinker then the classical type sarangis. the other type is called the Dhayee Palsi. i

the dhayee palsi is 2.5ft long and ts looks alot like the classical sarangi, the only difference is that the main strings (tand) in which the bow is played on, is arranged differently to classical sarangis. dhadi sarangis either have a hole in the skin or few small holes in the skin. the Dhayee palsi sarangi does have 40 tarabs, but the tota type have less.

there are 3 main strings (tand) to a dhadi sarangi. the 1st 2 main strings are close together and both tuned at the note Sa. the 3rd string is tuned to lower Pa. dhadis dnt sing on low notes, always on the high notes.

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there are 3 main strings (tand) to a dhadi sarangi. the 1st 2 main strings are close together and both tuned at the note Sa. the 3rd string is tuned to lower Pa. dhadis dnt sing on low notes, always on the high notes.

The tuning for dhadi sarangis differ from classical ones. Most classical sarangis are tuned to Sa, lower Pa, and lower Sa.

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Below are pics of the 2 different types of dhadi Sarangis.

the pic below is of the Tota Type sarangi. which is smaller then normal sarangis

The pic below is of the Dhayee Palsi type sarangi, which is bigger and similar to the classical. as Tanu Kaur said, it is tuned different to the classical sarangi

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i would like to learn to play, im from coventry, i know harnall lane gurdwara here teaches dhaddi sarangi, but i want to learn to play it classically. is there anywhere in the midlands that teaches it?

Well theres the gurmat sangeet adcademy round the west midlans, theres some in wolves and bham, if ya wanna know more pm me

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