Musician Plays Sarangi, Nepal’s Traditional Stringed Instrument

Musicians wander the streets of Kathmandu and Pokhara, playing Nepal's stringed folk instrument, the Sarangi. Traditionally played only by members of the Gandarva or Gaine caste, today it is played by many and sold on the street all over Nepal. The Sarangi is is carved in a single piece from a very light wood locally known as Khiro, and has a neck and hollowed out body with two openings. The lower opening is covered up with dried sheep-skin and the four strings which run vertically up the fretless neck are played with a bow. To read more about my round-the-world travels, visit my blog,