Esraj

Esraj

The esraj or israj (Hindi: इसराज) is a string instrument similar to the dilruba. The latter is found in the north, where it is used in religious music and light classical songs in the urban areas; the esraj is found in the central, south, and western regions of India and is used in a somewhat wider variety of musical styles than the dilruba. The esraj is a young instrument by Indian terms, being only about 200 years old.