In case you’re not familiar with this unique Indian string instrument, we’ve put together some helpful ideas for tambura gifts. Maybe you’ll learn a few tambura facts along the way. Choose from T-shirts, posters, refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs, cooking aprons, trucker hats, colorful buttons, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique tambura gifts.
Ravi Shankar The music that I have learned and want to give is like worshipping God. It’s absolutely like a prayer. I try to give to my music the spiritual quality, very deep in the soul, which does something even if you are not realizing it or analyzing it–that’s the duty of the music.
Looking for practical tambura gifts? Musicians can always use shirts, and these spread the message of love for the beautiful sound of the tambura. Choose from dozens of styles in colors and sizes for everyone in the family. Click on any design to see dozens of options and customize the perfect gift for your favorite tamburist.
Here’s one of our top inexpensive gift ideas for tambura players and enthusiasts. Who doesn’t need a refrigerator magnet or two? Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking good for years to come.
Coffee mugs are a functional gift that can be used every day. These designs encircle each mug. Click on any item to see the design from different angles. There are many other sizes, styles, and colors to choose from.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical tambura gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Colorful buttons are inexpensive and fun for tambura lovers to wear and spread the word about their favorite musical instrument. These standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. Some styles allow you to change the background color for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular tambura gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
Learn a few facts from an accomplished tamburist, including step-by-step instructions for tuning this unique Indian plucked string instrument. The resonator of this north Indian Miraj style instrument was made from a pumpkin (gourd). This style is a favorite among Hindustani musicians.
Ravi Shankar Indian music is based on certain sequences called ‘ragas.’ When I perform live, 95% of the music is improvised: it never sounds the same twice.
The tambura is a long-necked plucked string instrument, popular in the accompaniment of the sitar or sarod in Indian music. The body shape somewhat resembles a sitar, though a tambura has no frets. Its strings are always plucked at their full lengths. One or more tamburas are commonly used to accompany vocalists or other instrumentalists. The instrument is known by many names, including tanpura, tampuri, tanbura, and tamburi.
What makes the sound so distinctive? The instrument has four or five steel strings which are plucked with a plectrum. The strings are plucked one after another in regular patterns to create a harmonic resonance on the basic note or keynote. Because the body is typically carved from a single block of wood, the instrument can be quite heavy.
More Tambura Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a tamburist.
Notable tamburists include Ashwin Batish, Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar, Rumen Sirakov, Ranjani Sivakumar, and Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon.
If you’re feeling stressed out, let the sound of the tambura lead you to a state of calm. As a young man, Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar studied with the renowned vocalist, Pran Nath, who believed that the expression of music was a sacred art and a pathway to the Divine. From Pran Nath and other vocalists, Shyamji learned to play the tambura. In the seventies he had the honor of accompanying Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar, including performances at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. As founder of the Chakra Institute, Sri Shyamji leads and inspires a worldwide network of students and professionals.
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