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A Guitar called Magoudi, finishes the list of characteristic stringed instruments.
The instruments of percussion and wind in­struments are more numerous. They possess four kinds of drums, and their popular, secular dances are usually accompanied by the Vina, for the melody, and drums, bells and cymbals.
Flutes they have possessed from remotest an­tiquity, and a muffled drum called Tare for fune­ral occasions, and they also have a double flute with a single mouth piece. "We will not dwell further upon their instruments; there is but one, the Vina, which is really fitted to produce beau­tiful music.
The Hindoos complain that their old music is deteriorating and such singers as Chanan or Dhilcook, two vocal celebrities of the last cen­turies, have passed away. When one inquires for the miracle-working Ragas, (improvised songs) in Bengal, the people say there are singers prob­ably left in Cashmere who can give them; and should you inquire in Cashmere they would send you to Bengal for them, but in reality there seems to have been comparatively little change in the style of Hindoo music from its earliest days.

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