Music from India

Kessanla, Monpa peng keling flute solo

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:01:59

  • Cultures

    Monpa

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 41

  • Recording date

    2001-10-23

  • Recording locations

    In the kitchen in a traditional Monpa stone/wood house, Sehru village, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh

  • Performance occasion

    Evening

  • Performers

    Mr. Nangpa (Himalayan transverse flute)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Mr. Nangpa plays the Himalayan transverse flute Peng keling. Mr. Nangpa is one of the few remaining side-blown flute players in Tawang district and plays the piece called Kessanla. The flute, known as peng keling (phred-gling) was made by the player himself. Flutes are usually used by herders and farmers for their own enjoyment. The artist belongs to the Monpa tribe and speaks the Tibeto-Burman language Monpa.

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