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date: 14 November 2019

Bhẽṛ [bheir, bhẽṛe, turhi, turi]locked

  • Carol M. Babiracki


[bheir, bhẽṛe, turhi, turi]

Long straight trumpet, with integral mouthpiece, played by tribal and non-tribal musicians of Chotanagpur, India. It is made of copper or tin, in several sections, and can be from 95 to 148 cm long. For about four-fifths of its length the tube is thin-walled and narrow in bore, with bosses at regular intervals. At the end is a flared bell.

The player holds the trumpet just below the mouthpiece with the right hand, supporting the embouchure. The instrument is supported by a bamboo pole to keep it horizontal; with the left hand the player holds one end of the pole at a slant against the abdomen, and the distal end of the trumpet hangs suspended from the opposite end of the pole by a short length of rope. The bhẽr, also called turhi (turi in Orissa), is found most commonly as part of an ensemble including the ḍhāk (cylindrical drum), ...

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