The Indian dilruba is a
cross between a sitar and sarangi. Like the sarangi, is
carved from wood with a goat skin soundboards. Both
instruments have main and sympathetic strings over which
a bow is drawn. The two differ in the shape of their
resonators and the manner in which their sympathetic
strings are attached. The fretted finger board of the
dilruba is more like sitar and the main strings are
stopped with the pads of the fingers instead of the nail.
The dilruba was used, along
with low strings, for the lumbering Mūmakil music in TTT.
Dermot Crehan played the
dilruba in TTT.
1. Sample from Raga Bhairavi
The Art of the Indian Dilruba, Baluji Shrivastav
2. CR-TTT, Disc 2, Track 6,
The Forests of Ithilien, 3:57-4:21
I don't think the dilruba is
playing the deep, low tones of this piece. I think it
must be playing a higher, softer drone above them. But
I'm not sure and I'm not sure if we can even really hear