I live in India, and I speak Hindi, Punjabi and English very well. I have also been learning some more languages.
When we start learning a new language, the names of various musical instruments is also an interesting category of words to learn. Here we will learn about various nouns used for commonly used musical instruments in the Punjabi language.
The Punjabi names of the musical instruments have been provided alongside their English meanings in a list to help readers learn them.
The Punjabi language is written with Gurumukhi script but the Punjabi names for the musical instruments in this article have been provided in the Roman letters for the ease of understanding of English readers.
|English Name||Punjabi Name|
The word for music in Punjabi is Sangeet and the singers are called Gaayek.
The Punjabi name for the drum is dhol.
The name for a flute in Punjabi is bansuri.
The word for clarinet in Punjabi language is shehnayi.
A harmonium is called harmonium in Punjabi.
The Punjabi word for guitar is gitar.
The name for pellet drum in Punjabi is damaroo.
The name for tabor in Punjabi is tabla.
The harp is called sarangi in Punjabi.
A conch is called shankh in Punjabi.
The music instrument bell is called ghanti in Punjabi.
The Punjabi name for a tambourine is dafli.
Regional Musical Instruments of Punjab
There are a few specific musical instruments found in Punjab alone. Here are just some:
Now you will get information on these regional music instruments one by one.
Tumbi resembles a small harp composed mainly of wood materials. Many Punjabi singers have taken appreciable steps to make it popular.
An introduction video to the Tumbi...
Algoja looks like a combination in the form of a V of two flutes. It is especially played with Tumbi. It is also my personal favorite of all regional instruments.
A famous Punjabi singer(Ninja) playing the Algoja...
Bugchu is a small pellet drum form that varies slightly in shape from the latter. It has been seen by me on television in old Punjabi songs, videos and artists would play that instrument on stage performances mostly.
An artist from Punjab playing the Bugchu....
Dhadd is very similar to the Indian musical instrument Damroo, the difference is the lack of knotted cords in this one. It is played by striking with the hands of the two sides of the instrument. The artists of Dhadd are called Dhaddi in Punjabi and have been very popular throughout the area.
A Dhaddi playing the Dhadd instrument...
Iktara is a unique Punjabi regional musical instrument. It differs from the Tumbi in that it contains fewer strings (The word Iktara means a single string instrument).
An introduction to the Iktara...
A cross-shaped wooden structure that has movable joints which makes the structure changeable in length is called the Sapp. It is used by Punjabi dancers while carrying out the Bhangra dance.
Bhangra dancers performing Bhangra with the Sapp instrument...
Sarangi is as the eastern violin. It can be seen being played in most of the Punjabi songs.
An artist performing the Sarangi instrument...
Chimta or you can say tong in English (for public convenience of Western countries) has also been a popular musical instrument in Punjab. It is primarily used to give musical notes during the chanting of religious hymns that are called Bhajans in Punjabi.
A young man from Punjab playing Chimta...
It's the quiz time now!
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- What is the Punjabi name for the drum?
- What would you call a harp in Punjabi language?
- A tabor is called tabla in Punjabi.
- Which of the following is a Punjab-specific music instrument?
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