It is hard to say which came first ... the Dragon Fly Veena or it's fifties variety V-shaped guitar. Nevertheless it seems that both had their impact on a certain musical style, which is surf music.
The actual instrument was discovered in a lonely uninhabited shed on Kovalam Beach in tropical South India. Before Kovalam was discovered by the maladjusted hippies already the Dragon Fly Veena (or Thumbi Veena in Malayalam) was recorded in a local newspaper back in 1958. It was said to be played in a new Keralan movie about crazy nightly dance-parties, starring Praveen V.P. and Murali Gosh. Although musically there seemed to be little resemblance between the American West Coast's surf music and it's South Indian variety, both were set against a background of beach sports.
The Dragon Fly Veena actually was a very early Green Onion design, although not catologued at that time.
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