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Shehnai is a quadruple-reed wind instrument with two upper reeds and two lower reeds. A 'Mangala Vadya' or instrument played on auspicious occasions, its body is made of wood and has a brass bell. It encompasses eight or nine holes which are partially or completely occluded with wax. In appearance, the instrument looks like Nagaswaram. Ustad Bismillah Khan has popularized Shehnai as a north Indian classical instrument.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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