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A piwancha is a Nepali chordophone with two strings and a drum at one end.[1][2] It is a bowed instrument believed to have been played by members of the jyapu caste of Newars in the Kathmandu Valley during the Malla period.[3] No original artifacts have survived, though images have enabled the creation of reproductions.[1]


  1. ^ a b Lama Sherpa, Phudorji (4 October 2002). "In search of lost music". Nepali Times.
  2. ^ "Chordophones". Jwajalapa!. newatech, inc. 1 May 2008. Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ Bana, Binit. "Afno Baja Chinau". Movers & Shakers.

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