Instrument Glossary - Aga Khan Music Initiative - AKDN
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Instrument Glossary: Badakhshan Ensemble

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Bardic Divas
Badakhshan Ensemble
Alim and Fargana Qasimov
Tengir-Too
Homayun Sakhi
Invisible face of the Beloved

Badakhshani Rubab
Long-necked partially fretted lute with animal skin covering lower part of resonating chamber; five main strings and six sympathetic strings.

Daf
Frame drum of different sizes that is the principal percussion instrument of Badakhshan, played both by men and women.

Ghijak
Spike fiddle, often with a tin can as a resonator, strung with two, three, or four metal strings.

Pamiri Rubab
Unfretted long-necked lute with skin-covered resonating chamber strung with six gut or nylon strings.

Pamiri Tanbur
Long-necked partially fretted lute with animal skin covering lower part of resonating chamber; three melody strings and four or six sympathetic strings.

Setâr
Long-necked fretted lute with wood-covered deck, three steel melody strings, and a variable number of sympathetic strings that provide a drone background to the melody
strings.

Setâr
Long-necked fretted lute with wood-covered deck, three steel melody strings, and a variable number of sympathetic strings that provide a drone background to the melody
strings.

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