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Music Instruments Name in Punjabi With English Meanings

I live in India, and I speak Hindi, Punjabi and English very well. I have also been learning some more languages.

On this page, you will find information about the names of different kinds of music instruments in the Punjabi language.

On this page, you will find information about the names of different kinds of music instruments in the Punjabi language.

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.

Names of music instruments in Punjabi and English

English NamePunjabi Name

Drum

Dhol

Flute

Bansuri

Clarinet

Shahnayi

Harmonium

Harmonium

Guitar

Gitar

Drumet

Damroo

Tabor

Tabla

Harp

Sarangi

Conch

Shankh

Bell

Ghanti

Tembourine

Dafli

The word for music in Punjabi is Sangeet and the singers are called Gaayek.

Drum

The Punjabi name for the drum is dhol.

Flute

The name for a flute in Punjabi is bansuri.

Clarinet

The word for clarinet in Punjabi language is shehnayi.

Harmonium

A harmonium is called harmonium in Punjabi.

Guitar

The Punjabi word for guitar is gitar.

Pellet Drum

The name for pellet drum in Punjabi is damaroo.

Tabor

The name for tabor in Punjabi is tabla.

Harp

The harp is called sarangi in Punjabi.

Conch

A conch is called shankh in Punjabi.

Bell

The music instrument bell is called ghanti in Punjabi.

Tambourine

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:

  • Tumbi
  • Algoja
  • Bugchu
  • Dhadd
  • Iktara
  • Sapp
  • Sarangi
  • Chimta

Now you will get information on these regional music instruments one by one.

Tumbi

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

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

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

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

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...

Sapp

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

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

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.

  1. What is the Punjabi name for the drum?
    • Dhol
    • Ghanti
  2. What would you call a harp in Punjabi language?
    • Veena
    • Shankh
  3. A tabor is called tabla in Punjabi.
    • True
    • False
  4. Which of the following is a Punjab-specific music instrument?
    • Dhol
    • Tabla
    • Damaroo
    • Algoja

Answer Key

  1. Dhol
  2. Veena
  3. True
  4. Dhol

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Sourav Rana

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