An electronic musical instrument, inspired by the traditional ektaara played by itinerant minstrels of Bengal. The instrument attempts to democratise the creation of music by making it easy for anyone to play. It synthesises sound when the air column is disturbed by fingers. Proximity to the base defines notes. The base is supported by a sculptural stand that also functions as a handle, enabling the instrument to be handled in a number of ways.
It was developed as part of the Srishti Nokia Only Planet 2006 programme and was showcased at the Nokia Only Planet 2006 conference (Rovaniemi, Finland) and at the Biennale Internationale Design (St.Etienne, France).
The concept for the instrument was born from a process of extensive research and brainstorming; in response to the brief that demanded the creation of a global lifestyle product that embodied Indian values.