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Nal




Nal was a wind instrument used in the ancient times in Punjab. It was also known by the names ‘Nad’ and ‘Nard.’ It was used by the hunters as their horn and also occasionally during festivals.

Nal was made of antler shell or wood. This instrument was narrow at the mouth piece, with the sides gradually flaring out towards the opposite end, which was curved in the upper direction. It was usually decorated with tassels. A Nal used during festivals featured metal strips wound around it, along with golden colored tassels and colorful ribbons.



Updated on 7th June, 2005

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