Musical instruments of Limbuin Sikkim

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Author: 
Jayanta Kumar Barman
Subject Area: 
Social Sciences and Humanities
Abstract: 

Sikkim is a part of inner mountain ranges of Himalayas and it is the 22nd state of India which came into existence with effect from 26th April, 1975. Sikkim is more colorful musically with the ritual culture of Nepali, Sikkkimese, Lepcha, Bhutiya Tamang, Limbu, Newar, Rai, Gurung, Manger, Sunwar etc. We can know the history, folk cultures and folklore through the songs and musical instruments of a particular community. Traditional music is very valuable culture due to the historical and cultural significance, but the modern musical forms and cultures are constructive and attractive, where the old forms of music are getting unattractive and unfashionable for thinking of general people. Traditional culture is the mirror of any community in the world. Through the music of any ethnic community we can get a particular identity of how the particular community is shaped. Limbus has many folk musical instruments and used in their own life cycle rituals, occasions, like -“Ke” or “Chyabrung”, “Negra”, “Penjekom”, “Murchunga”, “Chethya”, “Miklakom”, “Binayo” etc. Today their traditional music and musical instruments has been on the verge of extinction from our society. So it is the right time to feel to safeguard, promote and preserve the folk musical instruments for gift a strong history and heritage to the next generation. A preliminary introduction of the above mentioned instruments have been provided with.

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