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Musical Instrument of Manipur (Pena)

PENA: Pena is one of the most ancient bowing stringed musical instrument of the Meitei & loi communities. This instrument is associated with Lai Haraoba festival as well as other religious observances on the one hand and as a medium of entertainment on the other when professional singers used to entertain the people by playing on Pena while singing the songs of local romance and heroism.
Pena consist of two main parts the bow and the part containing the resonator which are believed to represent male and female principles respectively. The resonator was made of bamboo rhyzome earlier and it has now been replaced by coconut.

To be continued from next indication from Chumthang Chronicle Desk.
Courtesy: Manipur State Museum, Imphal.

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