Photo of A Rajasthani man playing a Kamayacha, in the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.
The Kamayacha is an instrument of the professional singing community of Mangniars all over Marwar. It has a large circular belly covered with parchment, a peg system and a finger board. It has three main strings of gut, besides nine suppletory and four sympathetic steel strings all passing through a broad bridge. The long wooden curved bow of horse-tail hair moving on all the strings is characteristic of this instrument. Used by all singing communities, especially in Marwar but mainly by those belonging to the Langas. So deeply is the sense of tune and rhythm in the mind and ear of the folk musicians, that they need nothing more than intuition and a highly trained ear to tune their instruments.
Location of picture - Jaisalmer Rajasthan India
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