Chikara : Introduction

The chikara is a bowed stringed musical instrument from Bengal, India used to play indian folk music. It is used by the tribal people of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

How to play this instrument?



This instrument is a simple spike fiddle played,similarly to the sarangi or saringda, by sliding fingernails on the strings rather than pressing them to touch the fingerboard. It has 3 strings, two horse hair and one steel, in 3 courses and is tuned C, F, G.


The term “chikara” is often used ambiguously to describe a variety of unrelated folk fiddles of northern india.

Related Instruments

  • Chikari, smaller version of chikari.
  • Sarangi