The ektar is a fundamental folk instrument. It's used as a drone and as a basic rhytmic accompaniment to folk songs. It may be the oldest stringed instrument on the Indian subcontinent. The ektar is known as the ekatantri vina in ancient Sanskrit literature, which translates as "one stringed lute."

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Tumbi is another name for ektar. The construction is quite simple; it is nothing more than a gourd punctured with a bamboo rod. The tuning peg is made from another piece of bamboo. The bridge is nothing more than a penny, a sliver of coconut, a scrap of plastic, or any other such object. This kind of ektar is prevalent in the south. Their structure becomes a little more complicated as you go north. The gourd is covered in a membrane, and the bridge is placed over it. The term ektar literally translates to "one string," and it refers to a variety of one-stringed folk instruments.

Similar instruments include the tuntun, katho, anand lahari, and gopichand. The ektar is a well-known folk instrument with a distinct rustic vibe. It is associated with the saint Mira Bai. Meera was promised to marry Rana Kumbha of Chitore, and although she followed through with the marriage, she made it clear that she already considered herself married to Lord Krishna. She fulfilled her obligations to her new husband, performing the duties of a princess, but she never forgot her love for Krishna, praying often and passionately.

Rana Khumba supported her faith and even built a Krishna temple for her. Her unwavering faith and fervent worship, on the other hand, upset the rest of her new family, who were continually trying to break her faith. Her increasing fame and prominence in Indian communities only served to exacerbate their resentment and jealousy. Her sister-in-law tried to sow doubt and suspicion, even informing her brother Rana Kumbha that Meera was entertaining men in her bedroom. When Rana Khumba heard this, he became furious and rushed into Meera's room with a sword, intending to arrest her, only to find her worshipping Krishna.