Instrument

Dilruba

Technical specification of Dilruba:
Wood
Indian tun (similar to red cedar)
Strings
Metal
Skin
Goat skin
Bridge
Traditionally made of ivory or bone, now it is more commonly made of rosewood

The soulful heart stealer

Like the Taus, the Dilruba was blessed by the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh. It too he designed and created. Dilruba is Persian for ‘heart stealer’ – the instrument has a wonderfully engaging sound which captures your heart in an instant.The Dilruba is a smaller and modified version of the Taus. The reason for its creation was predominantly a practical one: portability for the warriors who served in the army of the Guru, as all soldiers kept their instruments with them at all times.The Taus presented a transportation and storage challenge because of its size. The Dilruba resolved these issues for the Sikhs as it is much smaller (and also cheaper to produce) than the Taus.