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date: 14 November 2019

Nūpur [nūpura, noopur]locked

  • Alastair Dick

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[nūpura, noopur]

South Asian name for various jingles, either hollow rings with metal pellets or strings with attached small spherical pellet bells. They are worn on different parts of the body—ankles, waist, wrist, or finger—in song or dance accompaniments (as well as serving as a woman’s ornament). The term has been in use for roughly two millennia. The hollow anklet with pellets is especially common in rural music and dance: it is used, for example, by the Baul musicians of Bengal (east India and Bangladesh). It is known by other names in different regions, including ...

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