Bugdu is a stringed instrument of Punjab
. It was used by the snake charmers and sages in the olden days. The usage of this instrument is very rare in the modern times.
The bugdu consists of a bowl, made of gourd or wood covered with skin, and a long stem attached to it. A string is stretched over this stem. A particular variety of bugdu contains an attached weight to make the string taut. This instrument contains some folk paintings, which is the only little embellishment it features.
The artist playing this instrument holds the bowl under his armpits and plucks on the string, producing a monotonous humming sound.