Various musical instruments are used in the ‘Pahari’ folk music of Himachal Pradesh. The most common among the stringed instruments is the ‘kangarange’. The ‘bhopal’, ‘bugial’, ‘shamal’ and ‘shehnai’ (different kinds of pipes), ‘damentu’ (horn), ‘narsingha’ (hornpipe) and the ‘sanai’ (hautboy) are the popular wind instruments. Among the percussion instruments mention may be made of ‘damane’, ‘anga’, ‘dhol’ and ‘dholak’ (drums), the ‘hulki’ (an hourglass-shaped drum), ‘karnal’ (clappers), ‘khanjiri’ (tambourine) and ‘jhanja’ (large cymbals).

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