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Gadva is an indigenous musical instrument of Punjab. It is a metallic or earthenware pot containing a wide base and a narrow mouth. The sound is produced by striking at the bottom of the vessel. To play this instrument, the artist wears iron rings of varying thickness on the fingers and strikes with them. The notes produced are sharp and they vary according to the thickness of the rings.

A smaller version of Gadva is called Gadvi. Along with it a small metal cup, called ‘kaula,’ is also played. These instruments are kept in their simple form, without any added decoration.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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