Sarangi also called saran or saranga is a stringed instrument of Arabic origin. Carved from a single piece of timber, has 3 main strings made ​​of goat gut, and seventeen steel bourdon strings. Sarangi is known all over India, Nepal and Pakistan. It is particularly important instrument in Hindustani music.


The sarangi is played with a small bow. The so-called fingernail technique is used because there are no thresholds in sarangi, and the bourdon strings (chanters) are placed on the fretboard. This technique uses shorter strings while moving the left hand's fingernail along the strings. This results in many liquid tones, on the other hand - sarangi considered to be one of the most difficult instruments in terms of the necessary technical skills.

In Nepal, known under the name of sarangi is completely different stringed instrument built similar to Bengali sarinda. It has no bourdon strings and the fingernail technique is not applied. There is slightly less popular version of this instrument in Punjab, called the "small sarangi" and sarangi used in Kashmir is even smaller and has fewer strings. Sarangi is the instrument mainly used in religious music and as an accompaniment for actors in theatrical performances.

One of the few people in Poland playing the sarangi is a professor Maria Pomianowska, who studied the instrument with Pandit Ram Narayan.

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Is it possible to create MUSEUM OF SOUND?

In our project, the old folk instruments with unusual names such as: gadulka, sarangi, Bilgoray Suka, Plock fiddle and others will come to life in the hands of professional musicians. Fusing the sounds will help to create SOUND BANK. Thanks to modern, motion-sensitive controllers will be possible to create original arrangements.

Under the project we will conduct workshops where participants will compose and play a variety of tunes - we will create  together THE ORCHESTRA OF INVISIBLE INSTRUMENTS. The lasting effect of the project will be also a website that will enable to compose and play music by using PC keyboard.

During the workshop participants will get acquainted with folk instruments and know the rules of composing contemporary music. They will learn what is silence in music, the importance of the roles in the Orchestra and what does a Conductor actually do. They will find answers to the questions: whether noise can be melodic? whether silence only serves as a break during broadcast of music?
We will look for connections between the old, folk instruments and the advantages of the latest technology - each workshop participant will be able to perform a piece of music by using motion sensitive controller.

The workshop will be held at the Janusz Korczak Children's Museum in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The workshops conducted during week will be for organized groups and the workshops for individuals - on weekends.

The workshops are free. The project was implemented by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Orange Foundation.

The workshop took place at the Children's Museum. Janusz Korczak in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (18 - 30 May 2013).

Workshops were performed for organized groups - workshops conducted during the week and individuals - workshops on weekends.

The project was implemented by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Orange Foundation.

  • 10.05.2013

    We are pleased to announce that the project was under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Education.


  • 06.05.2013

    There is no longer available for workshops for groups. You can type on a reserve list.


  • 22.03.2013

    The recordings ended up in the National Ethnographic Museum. We recorded the entire tonal and sound range of more than twenty folk instruments.