Nepalese Folk Musical Instrument Series

A set of four special postage stamps on the musical instruments of Nepal : SarangiKwotaNarsinga and Murchunga :

सारंगीDholaka (Drum) : Percussion InstrumentHorn shaped as Half MoonJew's Harp : Lamellophone InstrumentIssued by Nepal

Issued on Nov 3, 1983

Issued by :
His Majesty’s Government
Postal Services Department
Nepal Philatelic Bureau
Kathmandu

Designer : K. Karmacharya

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination :
(a) .05 P.
(b) .10 P.
(c) .50 .
(d) Re. 1.00

Colour : Four Colour

Size : 28 x 38 mm

Format : Vertical

Paper : Stamp Paper

Quantity :
(a)  5,000,000 (Five Millions)
(b)  5,000,000 (Five Millions)
(c) 2,000,000 (Two Millions)
(d)  2,000,000 (Two Millions)

Sheet : 100

Process : Offset Lithography

Printer : Secura Singapore Pte. Ltd.Singapore

About : 

  • Nepalese Musical Instruments are the integral part of our religion, culture and tradition. In order to highlight their importance and specialities, the following four stamps are being issued under musical instrument series:
  • Sarangi is a stringed musical instrument famous all over the kingdom of Nepal. It occupies a prominent place in the list of musical instrument. Although Sarangi varies in sizes, music is produced only by bowing the strings. It is commonly played whenever Karkha and other folk songs are sung. The popularity of Sarangi as a stringed Nepalese musical instrument is ever growing even in foreign countries.
  • Kwota is an ancient and original musical instrument of Nepal. From an ancient time till to-date Kwota has been in common use by the Buddhists as a chief musical instrument. During invocation of gods of heaven this is specially played in combination with other musical instruments. In Nepalese sculpture the scene of Kwota being played by deities is found engraved or carved on stone or wood and can be seen even in ancient paintings.
  • Narsinga is one out of nine important musical instruments. Divided into many small pieces, but made long one when in use. Narsinga was formerly known as RANASINGA because of being in use during wars in ancient time. The shrill and strong sound of Narsinga reflects the chivalry and courage of the Nepalese people.
  • Murchunga is the most popular folk rhythm-instrument in Nepal which is played with the help of lips and teeth where sound is tuned by tongue and respiration. Though small in look, it holds an important place in our folk musical instruments. It helps to produce rhythm and melody in folk music.

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