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Kadae is a traditional musical instrument of Punjab, usually used by the Sufi saints. It is also known by the names ‘Suthra’ and ‘Shahi Danda.’ The word ‘kadae’ literally means bangles, which forms the major component of this instrument. Metal bangles are placed on the hand of the player, starting from the wrist to the arm in an increasing order of size. A stick or rod measuring 30 to 35 cm long is held in the same hand and struck against the bangles. The sound produced depends on the material and the diameter of the bangles.

Kadae is usually used during the recital of folk songs.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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