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KINNARI.

KINNARI.

THE Kinnari is a rude stringed instrument employed chiefly by the country
people in South Kanara and Mysore. It is somewhat singular that a
stringed instrument of much the same name — the Kinnor — should have
been mentioned in the Bible, and this leads one to conjecture that they may both
have been derived from the same Aryan source ; for the Kinnari is an instrument
of great antiquitv, and takes its name from the legend that it was invented by
Kinneri, one of the gandharvas or singers of Brahma-loka, the heaven of the
god Brahma.