Veena is a large plucked string instrument used in Carnatic classical music. Bobbili in Vizianagaram district of AP is world renowned for the Veenas manufactured here, which enjoys the status of a royal instrument. It was patronized by the kings of Bobbili, who were considered as rich patrons of music. It is made from pure jackfruit wood while the frets of Bobbili Veenas are made of bell metal with the lion’s head carved at one end. Bobbili Veenas are also known as ‘ekandaveena’ as they are made from a single piece of wood. It has earned the GI tag in the year 2012.