Vichitra Veena

Other spellings: Vichiter Veena, Vichitra Vina, Bichitra Beena

video tutor, strings, parts and supplies

Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish playing the Vichitra Veena at our facility in Santa Cruz, Califronia. This image is copyright 2003 Batish Institute. Unauthorized copying or displaying on another site is strictly prohibited
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Vichitar Veena for sale image. This image is copyright 2003 Batish Institute. Unauthorized copying or displaying on another site is strictly prohibited

Welcome to our Vichitra Veena web page. We don't stock one for sale presently but there are sources that we can tap in case you are interested. Please call us at 1-800-RAG-MALA or email: info [at] batish.com

Here are some resources for this very beautiful and exotic instrument. Our Institute is blessed as my father is one of the very few players of this veena. I have grown up watching him play. I still carry childhood memories of being cuddled up in my bed and hearing the resonating strings of his veena echoing through the house as he did his early morning riyaz (practice) at our home in Juhu Beach, Bombay.

The degree of difficulty in playing this instrument make it a rare commodity these days. But it is my sincere hope and desire to see its continuity as its majesty and musical presence is unequal. Many instruments can only dream of producing such fluidity in expression that is possible from the Vichitra Veena. This is one of the main reasons that I and my father have decided to produce an instructional video so it may inspire others to learn and keep its traditions alive for future generations.

  1. Vichitra Veena Articles:

    This is an article on the vichitra veena from RagaNet, our educational ezine.

  2. (VCTV) Vitchitra Veena for Sale - Price: $1000.00

    48" long. Highly decorative 2 same size toombas. 6 main and 11 sympathetic strings. A stylized swan on the soundboard is being chased by a mythical animal carved on the peg box. Includes wooden case. Special delivery. Made in India.
    Shipping Weight: 200.00 lbs. This model has less strings than the one played by Panditji above.

  3. Vichitra Veena String Set:

    Up to 9 top strings and 18 sympathetic strings. Complete set is custom cut to your instrument. Please call us at 1-800-RAG-MALA to give us the length of your instrument and the number of strings it is designed for. They can range from 6 - 9 top strings and 13 -18 sympathetic strings. Catalog# BRVSCUSTOM Cost: $55.00


Vichitra Veena Video Tutor Cover. Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish playing his Vichitra Veena. This image is copyright 2003 Batish Institute. Unauthorized copying or displaying on another site is strictly prohibited
  • Vichitra Veena Video Tutor #1

    We are very proud of our tutor and its content. It is a first of its kind with a very thorough coverage of the basics. The tutor is authored by Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish and his son Shri Ashwin Batish.

    If there is more interest, we will make another. But this one is really good! Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish and his son Shri Ashwin Batish give a great insight into this ancient and majestic instrument.

    For more information click here

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