What Musical Instruments are used with Rajasthani Folk Music

Musical Instruments

Listening to music is the best way to bring positivity, peace, and calmness to the mind. The cool breeze, the essence of an occasion, and awesome beats of folk music is something beyond imagination. It becomes soothing a bit more when you get to hear soulful music that too from Traditional Folk Singers of Rajasthan. Folk music here is derived from the emotions and stories that the tribal people have experienced in their life. Panihari and Maand are some of the traditional music that people enjoy singing on a musical beat.

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If you have never heard any of the folk music or interested to be a part of one then plan a trip to Jaisalmer. You will get to listen to the finest music in the cool sand at night near a bonfire by famous musicians. Musicians of Rajasthan are “desi” buddies who tell their tribal stories to people in the form of music. To make it more realistic and interesting they use some musical instruments.

Nagphani

In ancient times when battles were performed, this instrument was used to boost the morale of the troops. This used to help soldiers to fight with enlightened confidence from the sound that they used to hear. It is realistic to understand how a piece of music can motivate warriors to fight against their enemies.

Nagphani

Dheru

It is similar to but not dholak that produces rhythmic beats. It is often used in a musical performance by the local artist of Rajasthan. The instrument is hit several times to produces ear soothing folk music. Dheru musical instrument represents that the cultural colors are still alive among the hearts of people.

Dheru

Sindhi sarangi

Langa community of Rajasthan makes use of this instrument to add cadence to their music. A single block of wood is used to build this entire instrument. It gives soft music that gives an healing effect to someone who listens to it.

Sindhi-sarangi

Kamayacha

This instrument is made of mango wood to let musicians sing with all their hearts. Mango is the king of fruits and its wood makes the musicians king of soulful music. One of the famous musicians who used to play Kamayacha was Sakar Khan from Rajasthan.

Kamayacha

Ektara

Wandering bards of India used this musical instrument as a medium to earn daily wages. It consists of a single string attached with bamboo to play amazing music. The sound from ektara is produced with only one finger of hand by the artist.

Ektara

Khartal

That is essentially made of wood. These are the wooden blocks also known as manjeera. Basically, you can imagine the clapping of hands. It makes a good rhythm with dholak wadaks.

Khartal

Gharha

Essentially made of mud, this instrument is also known as ghatkam that is usually played on festive occasions. The walls of gharha are created with a uniform thickness to avoid its breakage whenever it is played. This instrument creates amazing beats with which you will tend to dance automatically.

Gharha

Murali

The snake was a traditional way of entertaining local people in Rajasthan, however, it is banned now as per the Indian Wildlife Act of 1972. It is a wind instrument that is also known as “been” or “pungi” essentially used by the cobra charmers. The jogis of Thar desert usually play music with this instrument. In south India, pungi is used on religious occasions like Nagaswaram.

Murali

Raavan Hatha

It is a handcraft that musicians craft it by themselves. It is an ancient stringed musical instrument that is a representation of Raavana’s hands that had fifteen fingers. This instrument is based on a legendary history of and Raavana’s who was a great follower of Lord Shiva. He used to play Raavan Hatha to sing religious melodies in the name of God.

Raavan-Hatha

Classical or folk music is a part of Rajasthan culture that local people include on special occasions. There are many mysterious stories of Rajasthan’s gypsy culture, religious beliefs, and the authenticity of this state.

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