TUMBI-The Nostalgic Folk Instrument of ALL TIME

TUMBI-The Nostalgic Folk Instrument of ALL TIME

The Tumbi or Toombi, also known and called as Tumba or Toomba,
is a traditional folk musical instrument from North India, Punjab.
Tumbi is a tiny lightweight folk instrument with only one string on it.

Originating from Northern Punjab, the Tumbi has been used in Punjabi folk music and is now very popular with Bhangra. It is a one string instrument with a high pitched sound created when the string is plucked.

It may be the oldest stringed instrument in the Indian sub continent,
The Ektar is described in ancient Sanskrit texts as the Ekatantri Veena,
Literally the “one stringed lute” In Punjab, India the Ektar is known as Tumbi/Toombi.

It consist of small resonator made of pumpkin and covered
by a skin attached to its lower end and decorated with inlaid brass.
It is typically used in background music.

Most commonly a Tumbi is 21 inches in length and
5 inches in width and string length is nearly 15-16 inches
and it weighs nearly 250-280 grams.


In 1960s, 1970s and 1980s most of the Punjabi
singers used the tumbi, like Kuldeep Manak, Mohammed Sadiq,
Didar Sandhu, Amar Singh Chamkila and Kartar Ramla.

The Tumbi is played by holding it almost horizontally and strumming the string gently with the forefinger of the right hand. With the left hand, a few notes can be played.

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