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date: 14 November 2019

Bhaṅkorā [bhauṅkar]locked

  • Andrew Alter



Trumpet of parts of Uttarakhand, North India. It is a straight tube of copper with integral mouthpiece and is usually found in pairs at ritual occasions associated with festivals and processions. Most are approximately 150 cm long and remain narrow for most of their length before slightly flaring at the distal end. Water is poured through the instrument before playing it. The instrument is not tuned to any specific pitch, and only two or three different pitches in the higher register are used. It is not used to play melodies or to accompany songs. The instrument is first sounded while the bell is pointing towards the ground and then it is swung rapidly upwards as if to throw the sound into the air.

J.K. Petshali: Uttarāñchal ke Lok Vādya [The Folk Instruments of Uttaranchal] (New Delhi, 2002) A. Alter: Dancing with Devtās: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India...

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