Rejuvenation & Safeguarding of Rare Musical Instruments

The Eastern Zone of India (Assam, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal) has a rich tradition of musical instruments. The musical instruments are prevalent in tribal, folk and classical art forms since ancient times. About 300 musical instruments have been enlisted. Among these instruments, 75 are endangered and about 32 are extinct. In view of preserving and rejuvenating of musical instruments of the zone, a series of workshops on making of musical instruments have been conducted in the year 2013 14, including Champreng (Tripura), Tingtelia (Manipur), Rabha Kham (Assam), Mridang (Bihar), Pakwaj (Odisha), Pena (Manipur) and Gaine Sarangi (Sikkim).