Nagphani is a traditional wind instrument belonging to the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. This is also played in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Nagphani is shaped like a serpent with a metal tongue painted with bright colours. Nagphani is used by tantrik ritual performers. This instrument, which resembles a snake with a round and open mouth, is made of copper and bronze and is smaller in size than other wind instruments. Nagphani was also played during battles to boost the morale of the troops.


  • Title: Nagphani
  • Location Created: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Type: Image
  • Rights: Indian Music Experience Museum

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