SHEHNAI

The shehnai is a historic instrument of northern India . The sound of the shehnai is considered particularly auspicious and is hence played on auspicious occasions, such as weddings and temple festivities.

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The shehnai is a historic instrument of northern India . The sound of the shehnai is considered particularly auspicious and is hence played on auspicious occasions, such as weddings and temple festivities.

The structure of the shehnai is interesting, though simple.  It has a wooden body with a brass bell.  A well moistened reed is attached to a brass tube (tudel), rather than being a complete cylinder, this tube is slightly conical and is wrapped in thread.  The wooden body has a central conical bore with eight holes. These eight holes are usually finger holes.  But it is common to find some of these partially or completely occluded with wax.  It is impossible to generalise about the register of the shehnai, this is because they come in a broad variety of lengths.  The longer versions play in a lower key, while the smaller ones play in a higher key.

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