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14th March, 2023 Culture

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Context: The famous Bobbili Veena is likely to get global attention as the Andhra Pradesh government is preparing to present its replicas as part of cultural exchange to the delegates of G-20 conference.


  • The State government has ordered at least 200 replicas of Bobbili Veena to Sarwasiddi family, which is famous for making the musical instrument. 
  • The G20 Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) conference being held in Visakhapatnam will focus on issues concerning future-ready urban infrastructure, financing future infra, increasing private financing and participation among others. 


  • Bobbili Veena, popularly known as Saraswati Veena, a large plucked string instrument is used in Carnatic music.
  • The making of the veena began in the 17th century during the reign of Pedda Rayudu, the king of Bobbili Samsthanam who was a great patron of music.
  • It has earned a GI tag in 2012 for its unique design and high-quality craftsmanship. However, it is gasping for its survival due to lack of artisans.
  • Only 40 families of Sarwasiddi artisans from Gollapalli and Vadada are into the business. 
  • Bobbili Veena is carved from a single piece of jackwood by Sarwasiddi community artisans of Gollapalli under Bobbili Samsthanam.
  • The  artisans of Gollapalli have made the veenas by using elephant tusks, stag horns and strings to get ‘Sapta Swaras’ during Bobbili Raja’s regime.


Q) Which of the following statements is/are correct with reference to Bobbili Veena?

a.  It is a large plucked string instrument used in Carnatic music.

b. It has earned a GI tag in 2012 for its unique design and high-quality craftsmanship.

  1. Only a
  2. Only b
  3. Both a and b
  4. Neither a nor b

Answer: Option 3