Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)
Santoor and Sehtar – Traditional Instruments of Kashmir
Author(s): Dr. Shamus-ul-Nisa
Abstract: The musical instruments of Kashmir, comprises a variety of strings and percussion instruments. The better know, and in general use, are the Santoor, an instrument of hundred strings, the Saz-i-Kashmir a bowed instrument, the Sehtar, a stringed instrument, the Sarang a miniature bowed instrument, and percussion instruments like the Tabla (Dukra), noet and tumbakhnari. Majority of traditional music of Kashmir is in complete without the support of the musical instruments. In Sufiyana mosique (classical music of Kashmir), instruments are much more important, accompanied with traditional folk musical instrument like saz-e-Kashmir, Santoor, Dukra, Sehtar, the singers sing with full devotion and enthusiasm which is reflected in their flawless performance.