Name: Tangmuri.
Type: Aerophones > Shawm > Reeds.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 422.112
Country: Meghalaya State, India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The tangmuri [or “ka tangmuri” as it is called in the Khasi language]. It is a double-reed conical-bore wind-instrument played by the Hynniew Trep people of Meghalaya State in North-East India.

The tangmuri is used by musicians playing for traditional dances, and for other traditional rituals, such as cremations performed according to the indigenous religion, Niam Khasi. The tangmuri delivers a very high pitched sound when played by the musician.

Construction: The instrument consists of a turned conical-bore wooden chanter, about 20 cm in length. This instrument has seven finger-holes on the front, and a separate flared wooden bell turned 15 cm long.

The turned wooden bell is fitted directly onto to the chanter by a push-fit. The double-reed is tied onto a thin conical-bore metal tube 3.0 cm in length, which is wound with thread to hold it in place in the chanter.


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