(Last Updated on : 10/09/2019)
Bamboo Guitar is one of the tribal musical instruments
mostly used in North-East India
. This kind of instrument is also sparingly used in Central India
, Southern India
and Eastern India
. In North-East India, the Rabhas
, the Garos
, the Mizos
and a few other tribes
predominantly use it. The Munas of Central India, the Reddys
of South India and Bondos of Odisha
too use more or less the same kind of musical instrument.
Structure of Bamboo Guitar
Bamboo Guitar has short bamboo
culms. Only a portion of it is dressed for converting it into a musical instrument. The remaining part of the guitar remains unattended. The thick upper layer of the cylindrical culm is sliced into two veins like strings leaving either end intact to the body. These strings are raised with the help of pieces of bamboo peg. Some of them retain the sliding mechanism of Rider Bridge.
In order to get effective resonance of each strike on the string, holes are cut on the lower edge of these riders facing the tube. The strings are struck with sliced bamboo stick. Some have a hole directly on the sounding board made of bamboo.
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