Black and white portrait of a Ravanahatha player from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Ravanahatha player | Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Ravanahatha (Ravanhatta), meaning ‘Ravana’s hand’, derives its name from ‘Ravana’, the mythological king of ancient Lanka, who is also believed to be the creator of the instrument. It was perhaps the string instrument which was played with the help of a bow. Present-day musical instruments such as the violin can be traced back to this ancient instrument.