Mashak Vadan

Mashak Vadan by Khema Ram Ji at Lokrang Rajasthan, Jaipur.

The Mashak (also known as mushak baja, masakbeen, mishek, meshek, moshug, moshaq, moshuq, mashak bin, bin baji) is a type of bagpipe found in Northern India, Uttarakhand, Sudurpaschim Province (especially Baitadi and Darchula district) of Nepal, and parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a traditional folk instrument that is often played at weddings, folk dances and other festive occasions.

History and Cultural Significance
The Mashak is thought to have originated in Central Asia and was brought to India by the Mughal invaders in the 16th century. It quickly became popular in the northern regions of the country, particularly in Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The Mashak is also played in Nepal, where it is known as the mashak baja or masakbeen.

The Mashak consists of a goatskin bag, two or three reeds, and a blowpipe. The goatskin bag is the main reservoir of air, and it is inflated by blowing into the blowpipe. The reeds are attached to the bag and are used to produce the sound.

The Mashak has two or three playing reeds. The melody reed is used to play the melody, while the drone reed(s) produce a continuous, low-pitched sound. The drone reed(s) provide a foundation for the melody and help to create a full, rich sound.

These Shots are from '26th Lokrang-2023 Festival' presented by Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

From October 29 to November 8, 2023
National Folk Dance Festival
(Daily from 7:00 pm onwards)
And
National Handicraft Fair
(Shilpagram, daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Mashak Vadan by Khema Ram Ji at Lokrang Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Mashak Vadan by Khema Ram Ji at Lokrang Rajasthan, Jaipur.

Mashak Vadan by Khema Ram Ji at Lokrang Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Mashak Vadan by Khema Ram Ji at Lokrang Rajasthan, Jaipur.


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