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Tribal musical instruments on the verge of extinct

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Baripada, Feb 23 (UNI) 'Changu', 'Kaandra' and 'Sukwa', the musical instruments used by the tribals might soon become extinct since the graded schedule of the Wild Life (Protection) act, 1972, has come into force.

The Act has put a stop to the manufacture of these musical instruments made from the skins and other organs of animals and much in vogue among the various tribes.

Society for Research and Development of Tribal Culture (SRDTC) General Secretary Gurva Soren said the Santhals and other tribes are finding it difficult to have their instruments replaced ever since the Act was enforced.

'Changu', for instance used by primitive tribes like Bathudi, Juanga and Khadias, is made from the hides of monkey and deer, he said.

Since both these endangered species are covered under the graded schedule, the manufacture of this instrument is just impossible, Mr Soren said.

The Khadias who live in the dense forests believe that the tigers could be kept at bay by playing of the 'Changu' at night to the accompaniment of their other traditional musical instruments.

Once the 'Changu' vanishes, the tribe's cultural ethos would also disappear, rued Mr.Soren.

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