RealTanpura is a simple and easy to use app that brings you high fidelity full-stereo recordings of a real acoustic Tanpura (a drone instrument used in Indian Classical music) recorded in a professional studio environment. Once you get used to the full and rich natural overtones produced by a real acoustic Tanpura, you will no longer prefer to use your electronic tanpura or app that produces sounds of the tanpura using synthetic or mathematical algorithms. RealTanpura has been designed as an intuitive app that children, adults, and professionals alike will find easy to use.

Key features:
* Professionally recorded tanpuras in studio environment
* High fidelity recordings in stereo
* Tanpura tuned individually per shruthi / pitch
* 100% natural recordings (no mathematical manipulation to change pitch)
* Rich resonance of a real tanpura
* Ma, Pa, Ni modes
* Five and six beat pluck patterns
* [New in v2.0] Completely redesigned as a 64 bit application
* [New in v2.0] Background play - use other apps while using Real Tanpura
* [New in v2.5] Support for portrait and landscape orientations
* [New in v2.5] In-app volume control
* Simple, clean, elegant easy-to-use interface
* For music students, teachers, and performers
* Use also for bhajan, kirtan, meditation, and yoga
* Use on stage with Bluetooth speaker

What’s New

Version 2.5

* Use Real Tanpura in both landscape & portrait orientations
* Settings to control tanpura volume in-app
* Ability to reset all tanpura settings to defaults
* Updated graphics in the user interface
* Option to signup to be notified of updates to Haathi Software music applications

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Kumar-Aurora ,

A must-have App for all Carnatic musicians

Our family has been a regular user of this app since its first release. We have it installed on our phones and tablets, and use it for routine home practice sessions or on the go during long drives, etc. Its ease of use is remarkable, and has a great sound quality. My wife, Aparna Sunder, is a Carnatic music guru in Chicago. She has recommended this App to many of her students as she is extremely satisfied with it. It is very reasonably priced, and is definitely a worthy app to have.

BGKrishnan ,

High quality mobile thambura

Excellent App where time-immemorial musical culture fuses with technology seamlessly. It's user friendly and is readily useable by 'laymen' musicians, while having all the necessary features. Sound quality mimics a real thambura - if one hears from a neighboring room, you can easily mistake it for a 5' real instrument. The screen saver feature is thoughtful. I look forward to many more innovative features in the updates, and also great products from the developer.

PraShNav ,

Top app!

This is a wonderful app. Unlike many of the electronic units that sound, well, electronic, this tanpura app gives a sound that is very close to the acoustic instrument.
Unlike the acoustic instrument, though, it is very easy to change sruti, introduce madhyama and nishadha. It sounds absolutely beautiful when connected to an amp. It has a lot of features for the price. I do believe that this app is a must-have for every musician, professional or amateur.
My infant son loves it too...he sleeps to it's drone!


Haathi Software LLC
86.9 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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