When I saw this artist playing Harp at Dubai Mall, I was just not mesmerized by the music, but introduced to a completely new instrument, which was even taller than the artist herself. A string instrument which was no where similar to common string instruments like guitar, violin, veena or sitar.
When I searched for Harp on net, it initially connected me to European string instruments, but further through, it showed evidence of Tamil Sangam literature and Samudragupta connecting it to Indian history.
As per wikipedia,
It has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard, which are plucked with the fingers. They vary globally in many ways. In terms of size, many smaller harps can be played on the lap, whereas larger harps are quite heavy and rest on the floor. Different harps may use strings of catgut or nylon, or of metal, or some combination.
The show was at the indoor fountain of the Dubai Mall, which is one of the main attractions of the mall. Check out more on this instrument here.