The SwarShala Indian music software includes Rabab and over 80 other perfectly sampled virtual Indian instruments.

About Rabab:

Rabab is the earliest known bowed instrument and the parent of the middle age European rebec. It was first referenced in the tenth century and was noticeable in middle age and later Arab music. The word Rabab was likewise a conventional term for any bowed instrument in bygone eras.

The Rabab is known as "the lion of instruments" and is one of the two public instruments of Afghanistan. Classical Afghan music frequently includes this instrument as a key part. It is known as the Kabuli rabab rather than the rabab of India. The Kabuli rabab appears to be somewhat unique from the Indian rubab. It is the progenitor of the north Indian sarod, albeit not at all like the sarod; it is fretted.

Close-up of a Rabab

The Rabab is confirmed from the seventh century CE. It is referenced in Old Persian books, and numerous Sufi artists notice it in their sonnets. It is the conventional instrument of Khorasan and is generally found in nations like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the Xinjiang territory of northwest China and the Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab districts of northwest India.

The Rabab was the primary instrument utilized in Sikhism; it was played by Bhai Mardana, close friend of the principal master, Guru Nanak. At whatever point a Shabad was uncovered to Guru Nanak, he would sing, and Bhai Mardana would play on his Rabab; he was known as a rababi. Sikhs like Namdharis carry on the Rabab playing custom.


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