Traditional Craft

Traditional Craft

Nepal’s capital Kathmandu valley is also a birth place of Araniko ( a famous artist of 12th century )

While you wander around the cities and villages of Nepal you will find many monuments , temples , palaces , houses are full of traditional skills of crafts arts . These kind of art and craft are contribution of the ancestor of Nepalese people from generation to generation . 

Art and tradition tradition is also one of major heritage of Nepal . The magnificent wooden decors , splendid statues , graceful art work of Paintings , metal and stone crafts , traditional musical instruments , and Khukuri ( Gorkha Knife ,well known craft of Nepal all over the World ) are some of the major attractions of Nepal but there are many other crafts too ….. which attracts travelers to Nepal each year . 

Nepal’s capital Kathmandu valley is also a birth place of Araniko ( a famous artist of 12th century ) .. Later he traveled to China ( beijing ) and built one of the famous Stupa in the area of Miaoying temple so that  he is one of the well known artisan in Chinese culture as he introduced Pagoda architecture in China . It shows the glorious past of tradition of crafts in Nepal .

Traditional Instruments


The Nepali folk instrument. It is a chordophone played by bowing. Traditionally in Nepal, the Sarangi was only played by people of Gandarbha or Gaine caste (both contested and interchangeable terms), who sing narrative tales and folk song, however, in present days, its popularity extends beyond the Gandharba community and is widely used and played by other caste members as well.


This instrument is used by the Tamang people of Nepal to play the melodious Tamang Selo.As a traditional folk instrument, the ancient Damphu is very popular. Along with the original rhythm of Tamang Selo music, it has an important influence in Nepalese culture. It is easy to learn and easy to play.

Panche Baja

The Panche baja is a set of five traditional Nepali musical instruments that are played during holy ceremonies, especially marriages. Panche bajas are usually played by the Damai and the Gaine castes in the Hindu tradition.
-includes the jhyali (cymbals), or dholak (drums), damaha (large kettledrum), narsinga (a long, C-shaped trumpet), shehnai (a folk oboe),] and karnal (a wide-mouthed, straight trumpet with a bell that resembles the datura flower).


This tubular instrument gradually broadens towards the lower end. It usually has between six and nine holes. It employs one set of quadruple reeds, making it a quadruple reed woodwind. To master the instrument, the musician must employ various and intricate embouchure and fingering techniques.


The tyamko or tyamako is a small Nepali kettle drum, a prominent member of the panche baja ensemble. The body of the instrument is made of soft wood, clay, copper or iron; the skin is cowhide. It is about 15cm in diameter and 15cm high, but this can vary as instruments are not standardized.


Jhyamta also known as Taal. It looks similar to cymbal. Kirat community uses this with dhol (kirat)) in various cultural festivals such as Sakela, Chyabrung, Udhauli, Ubhauli and other social functions.


It is use in Most of Hindu ritual starts with the sound of Shankha. Sankha is not the regular musical instrument to play. It is only used in ritual events.


Madal is a national instrument the backbone of most Nepali folk music. It is used mainly for rhythm-keeping in Nepalese folk music. It is very popular and widely used as hand drum in Nepal. a cylindrical body with a slight bulge at its center and heads at both ends, one head larger than the other. It is usually played horizontally in a seated position, with both heads played simultaneously.


The Damaha is bowl-shaped like a lettle drum and covered with animal skin too. A neck strap is used to hold the damaha for the player while he plays. It is played with one or two either straight or angled sticks and provides bass percussion for a group of musicians. The thick hide is kept wet on both the inside and outside to maintain its traditional sound.


The karnal is a large, straight brass trumpet, over a metre long. It has a prominent bell resembling a datura flower. It is used on ceremonial occasions, such as the processions of village deities. It is often included among the five instruments of the Nepali pancai baja ensemble.


A bansuri is traditionally made from a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or seven finger holes. Some modern designs come in ivory, fiberglass and various metals. The six hole instrument covers two and a half octaves of music. The bansuri is typically between 30 centimetres (12 in) and 75 centimetres (30 in) in length, and the thickness of a human thumb.


The dholak is mainly a folk instrument, lacking the exact tuning and playing techniques of the tabla or the pakhawaj. The drum is pitched, depending on size, with an interval of perhaps a perfect fourth or perfect fifth between the two heads.


It’s thinly walled, consist of a pair of round, metal plates, resembling cymbals,[1] and are used in both folk and classical music in Nepal. Unlike most percussion instruments around the world, the Jhyali is played by rubbing the plates with the right hand rising and the left hand descending at the time when they clash.

Saman Drum

Saman Drum also Know as Dhyango. It is a frame drum played by the jhakri (shamans) of Nepal—especially those of the Magars, the Kirati, and the Tamang—as well as by Tibetan Buddhist musicians.


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