Recreating A 2,000-Year-Old South Indian Lyre

The yazh is a seven- or 14-stringed harp, built over a wooden bowl resonator covered with hide like a drum, that’s referenced in Tamil scriptures dating back to the Sangam period (6th century BCE to 3rd century CE). There are replicas of the yazh in museums, but none are playable. In a Q&A, Chennai-based instrument maker Tharun Sekar talks about how he researched and then crafted a playable model. – Atlas Obscura

Tags: Art, Music, Chennai, 04.05.21


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