The famous Bobbili Veena is likely to be presented as part of a cultural exchange to the delegates of the G-20 conference scheduled to be held in Andhra Pradesh.
About Bobbili Veena:
- Bobbili veena, also known as 'Saraswati veena,' is a large plucked string instrument used in Carnatic classical music.
- The home of the Bobbili veena is the town of Bobbili, about 120km from Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
- It is famed for its fine tune and distinctive notes.
- It earned a Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2012 for its unique design and high-quality craftsmanship.
- It is made from a single piece of jackwood tree, unlike other veena which are made by joining two pieces of wood. This is why it is also referred to as 'ekanda veena'.
- The central part has a lion's head carved at the tapering end.
- The frets of this veena are made of bell metal.
- These Veenas are also remarkable for the exquisite designs etched on the body, making each piece exclusive.
- The decorative inlay work, which used to be done on elephant tusks, is now replaced by plastic.
Q1) What is the Geographical Indication (GI) tag?
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.