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date: 19 November 2019

Narsĩgā [narsiṅga]locked

  • Carol M. Babiracki,
  • Mireille Helffer,
  • Gert-Matthias Wegner
  •  and Simonne Bailey



Horn of Nepal, Himachal Pradesh, southern Maharashtra, and southern Bihar, India. In Bihar and Himachal Pradesh the instrument is S-shaped and made of finely beaten copper or brass, with an integral mouthpiece. In southern Maharashtra it is C-shaped and made of brass. Folk musicians of the Ghẵsi, Dom, and similar communities play the narsĩgā in ensembles with the śahnāī, dhak, dholkī, bhẽr, and nagarā at temple rituals, weddings, and for the paĩki sword dance. Although nowadays the narsĩgā is associated primarily with non-tribal musicians, in the early 20th century it was also found among tribal groups, particularly the Uraōns, who called it bā̃k (bānk). In southern Bihar the narsĩgā is also known among tribal peoples as kurudutu and turhī. According to Deva, the S-shaped trumpet is found throughout India, made of brass, copper, or silver, measuring 115 cm long and more.

The Nepalese narsiṅga is played by the ...

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