Name: Bugchu.
Type: Hour-Glass Drum > Membranophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#:
Country: Punjab, India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The Bugchu [in Punjabi: ਬੁਘਚੂ] also spelled as Bughchu, Bugdu or Bughdu. It is a traditional musical instrument native to the Punjab region. It is used in carious cultural activities like folk music and dances such as bhangra, Malwai Giddha etc.

Playing Techniques: The instrument is held in a crook of the arm and the string is held in the palm of the same hand that holds the instrument. Then the taut string is plucked with the other hand’s fingers or with a striker to produce a unique sound

Construction: Its shape is very similar to the damru, It makes a sound similar to its name, “bugchoo”. The bughchu is an hourglass-shaped gourd with stretched skin on heads. A thick cord or string pierces the centre of the skin and a knob of wood is tied to the other end of the string.

Citations: ਅਮਰਜੀਤ ਬਬਰੀ. “ਮੈਂ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਬੋਲਦਾਂ!!”. An article about old Punjab in Punjabi. www.likhari.org. Retrieved March 17, 2012. ਰੋ. ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਰੇਵਾਲ ; “ਮੇਲਾ ਛਪਾਰ ਦਾ – ਛੇ ਕੁ ਦਹਾਕੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ” ; Article in Punjabi. www.punjabiportal.com ; Retrieved March 17, 2012 ; ਪੀ. ਐਸ. ਗਰੇਵਾਲ. “65ਵੇਂ ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ ਦਿਹਾੜੇ ਦੇ ਅਵਸਰ ‘ਤੇ ਖੇਤੀਬਾੜੀ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੇ ਕੌਮੀ ਝੰਡਾ ਲਹਿਰਾਇਆ”. Article in Punjabi. www.punjabinfoline.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2012 ; “The Art of Bhangra”. www.hindustanheritage.msg. Archived from the original on 2014-01-12 Retrieved 11 Mar 2012 ; “Malwai Giddha”. www.unp.me. Retrieved 10 Mar 2012 ; “Bugchu”. Buy instruments online ; www.dholetc.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Retrieved 11 Mar 2012.

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