Rudra Veena, also called BEEN, is an instrument of Indian origin, associated with Dhrupad genre of music. It evolved in the 12th /13th centuries from an older string instrument called the Laghu Kinnari Veena. For almost 400 years, it dominated Hindustani music as an accompaniment to vocal music, as well as in solo performances. With the arrival of Sitar and Sarod, it started losing its position with the decline of the Dhrupad genre.


  • Title: Rudra Veena
  • Location Created: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Type: Image
  • Rights: Indian Music Experience Museum

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