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Panche Baja Plays Tunes of Rural Nepal
Traditional music form slowly disappearing
Bishnu K.C. (bishnuji)     Email Article  Print Article 
Published 2006-02-13 15:12 (KST)   
Panche Baja is a group of five traditional Nepali musical instruments that are played during auspicious occasions. The jhurma, tyamko, or dholaki (drums), damaha (kettledrum), narsiha (a long horn-like instrument), Sanai (a pipe instrument), and Karnal, (a big-mouthed instrument comprise the Panche Baja.

Dholaki
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Panche Baja is used in holy ceremonies like marriage. But now this system is found only in the rural areas where people living in poverty cannot afford advanced musical bands. So people living in the villages are preserving Nepal's tradition and culture.

Musical instruments have proved to be one of the major sources of entertainment from the first hole drilled in a caveman's bone flute, to Pythagoras's ratios, to the computer synthesizers of today. Musical composition took on additional harmonic complexity during this time, as composers discovered ways to utilize the new resources.

Technology created musical complexity and the need for changing intonation in later years. People are getting used to the modern instruments as they are easy to use, and lots of institutions give training for use of such instruments. The younger generation, who are supposed to preserve the tradition and culture of our ancestors, are much influenced by Western music.

Pahche Baja traditional folk musical instruments are now in trouble due to the increasing demand for Western music. There needs to be a reform so Panche Baja performers can play professionally. Then people from around the world will have an opportunity to learn about the significance of Nepal's traditional musical instruments.

Tyamko
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Jhurma
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Damaha
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Karnal, Sanai,Narsiha fall in one catagory
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