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Ektar

The ektar (“one-string”), also known as a tumbi, is a drone instrument used in North India. It is a hollow wooden or bamboo cylinder fastened into a hollow gourd. The gourd has goat skin functioning as a sound board. A simple chip of wood is used as a bridge. As its name implies, it only has one string tuned to the tonic of the song played. Some Punjabis found ways to play simple melodies that are used in Bhangra music.

 

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UPDATED: March 12, 2012