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date: 18 November 2019

Tarpo [tarpu]locked

  • Alastair Dick

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[tarpu]

Double clarinet, with gourd wind cap, of west India. It is similar to, but generally larger than, the pūngī of other parts of the Indian subcontinent. The two pipes are here of bamboo, with three to five fingerholes; the reed is heteroglot and fashioned from straw. The very large gourd wind cap is not the bottle-gourd of the pūngī but a long tapering gourd (Marathi: dudhiā bhopla) in which the upper ends of the pipes are embedded. A mouthpiece is inserted either in the side or at the top of the gourd. Uniquely for the pūngī type of clarinet, the tarpo has a bell of wound palm-leaf. In Gujarat, where it is played by tribal people of the southern Surat area, it is also known as pavri, and a medium-sized variety, dobru, is also found. Among the Vorli people of Maharashtra the medium variety is called ghogha, and the larger, up to 2 metres long, ...

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