Name: Tumbi.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
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Country: Punjab, India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The tumbi or toombi [in Punjabi: ਤੂੰਬੀ, pronunciation: tūmbī] it is also called a tumba or toomba. It is a two stringed lute from the Punjab region of the northern Indian subcontinent. The high pitched, single string plucking instrument is associated with folk music of Punjab and presently very popular in Western Bhangra music.

Usage: The tumbi was popularized in the modern era by the Punjabi folksinger Lal Chand Yamla Jatt [1914-1991]. In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s most of the Punjabi singers used the tumbi, such as Kuldeep Manak, Mohammed Sadiq, Didar Sandhu, Amar Singh Chamkila and Kartar Ramla.

Construction: The instrument is made of a wooden stick mounted with a gourd shell resonator. A single metallic string is passed on a resonator over a bridge and tied to the key at the end of the stick.


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