Definition of tanpura in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʌnˈpuːrə/


A large four-stringed lute used in Indian music as a drone accompaniment.
Example sentences
  • In this trio setting, Singh's amplified tablas are the main focus, punching out loudly over a thin-sounding sarangi and a tanpura drone.
  • She studied the vina and the tanpura.
  • Instead of the old traditional musical instruments like the tanpura and the tabla, the instruments used in a remix are digital drums and synthesisers, and even the voice of the singer can be and is electronically manipulated.


Mid 19th century: variant of tamboura.

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