Music of India: Shehnai

ShehnaiConsidered to be an auspicious instrument, Shehnai belongs to the category of Aerophonic Instruments.

It is said to be of Persian origin and is a one-reed instrument with six holes yielding soft and melodious sound. Made of a smooth dark-grained black wood, the tube is narrower on the top and widens towards the bottom affixed in a cup.

All the tunes of full tone, half-tone and sharp notes can be played on this instrument through breath control.

The notes are continuous and is generally used in classical and light classical music.

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