Why do sitar and surbahar nuts have a decorated tab?

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StVitus
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Why do sitar and surbahar nuts have a decorated tab?

Post by StVitus » Sun May 07, 2017 3:22 am

Sitar and surbahar nuts have a tab that sticks out to one side. Aside from making it easier to remove the nut, do the tabs serve a purpose? They’re not on the right side to be used for hanging tassles. I check Chaudhuri’s Plucked Instruments of Northern India, but he doesn’t even mention the nut.

yussef ali k
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Re: Why do sitar and surbahar nuts have a decorated tab?

Post by yussef ali k » Tue May 16, 2017 5:43 pm

Hi all, hope life's good.

StV,

They have a (- ahem!) decorative purpose, & that's why not ALL have it - got one such myself.

:roll: Go find out, I guess!

Have fun + Update us on any findings svp,

Y.

trippymonkey
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Re: Why do sitar and surbahar nuts have a decorated tab?

Post by trippymonkey » Thu May 18, 2017 9:27 am

Hang mizrabs on ?????

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Re: Why do sitar and surbahar nuts have a decorated tab?

Post by CheesecakeTomek » Thu May 18, 2017 11:57 am

I think you are referring to the carving of the makara - a mythical river beast that in this case represens the goddess Saraswati.

This has been discussed in previous threads such as:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=8134&hilit=makara

StVitus
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Re: Why do sitar and surbahar nuts have a decorated tab?

Post by StVitus » Thu May 18, 2017 4:11 pm

Thank you!

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