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Chhika Sap

Chhika Sap is a traditional folk instrument of Punjab. It is a kind of clapper used during the folk dances. The word ‘sap’ means ‘snake,’ referring to its appearance.

Chhika Sap is constructed from wooden sticks, which are about a foot long and an inch wide. These sticks, numbering 14 to 20, are joined in a crossed fashion, which can be stretched and contracted. On contraction the length of this instrument measures only 1 foot. It is adorned with tassels, pom-poms and colorful paper cut-outs.

The ends of Chhika Sap are contracted and stretched to produce a sound similar to clapping of many hands.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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