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Snake Charmer Flutes (Pungi)

Often called the snake charmer flute, the pungi is the snake charmer's instrument. The instrument, a type of folk clarinet with two pipes, may have originated in the Middle East. It is the Indian brother of the Egyptian arghul, and designates a double clarinet very similar to the murali clarinet although with a larger register. The word "pungi" in the Indian language simply means "tube" or "pipe", and is a generic term for many reeded noisemakers. IMPORTANT NOTICE! Health and sanitary regulations prohibit the exchange or return for credit of any mouth blown instrument.

Dobani Snake Charmer (Bean) ( BEAN ) Dobani Snake Charmer (Bean)
The traditional gourd shape is carved of rosewood. Engraved with a floral pattern. It makes a nice decorative conversation piece when not being played. Made in Pakistan. Out of Stock
Banjira Snake Charmer, Plain ( BEAP ) Banjira Snake Charmer, Plain
A flute-like instrument made from a gourd, known as a been or pungi. Two reeds are set in the ends of two bamboo canes. One cane is a drone and one is for playing. These are sealed inside of a small squash gourd. Increase your lung power while you charm snakes! Made in Pakistan.

The pungi is typically one to two feet in length., and is made of bottle gourd or coconut which has been dried, resembling the shape of a light bulb. It consists of two reeds or bamboo tubes, one of which is for the melody and the other is for the drone. The two tubes can be made of different materials.

To play the pungi, or snake charmer flute, the musician needs to learn a technique called circular breathing, as the melodies normally do not allow for pauses. The snake charmer can be played for its interesting sounds or used as a decorative item and conversation piece. Snake not included (thank goodness).

Ethnic Musical Instruments

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