Danburo

Name: Danburo.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Balochistan, Sindh Region Pakistan.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The danburo is a long necked lute that is found in Baluchistan and the Sind Regions of Pakistan. It has a full, pear-sharped wooden resonator with a flat sound table, joined to a long tapering neck with a small projecting ridge around the joint. Six copper-wire frets are bound around the neck, but only on the upper half of the neck, giving a range of a 5th from the open string.

Extra notes can be obtained from the open neck. Two or three steel strings, whose tuning pegs are inserted at the top of the neck. The strings are plucked with a wooden plectrum or pick called a [Janok]. The strings are held together by a pin at the bottom of the instruments body.

A smaller version, with a small resonator and long tail is also found, called kamāc, the damburo is played in accompaniment to a sorud a heavy double-chested fiddle related to the Nepalese Sarinda. It is accompanied by a jaw-harp, the cang.

Citations: Bibliography: N. A. Baloch: Musical Instruments of the Lower Indus Valley of Sind [Hyderabad, India 1966] ; J. Jenkins and P.R. Olsen; Music and Musical Instruments in the world of Islam [London, 1976], Stanley Sadie – Alastair Dick – Stanley Sadie New Grove Dictionary of Music, Page 541 Dang ;

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