Text Box: Lao-Tokari or Ektara

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               The player holds the Lao-Tokari in his left armpit and plucks the string with the right hand. The produce different notes, the bamboo laths are pressed with varied intensity.

          

                 The lower half a matured shell of bottle gourd ( Lagenaria siceraria ) is taken making the Khola or the body of the Lao-Tokari. A small portion at the bottom is removed and covered with goat skin with help of lather strings or Boroti. Then a piece of Bamboo of about  almost 80 cm in length is split lengthwise keeping the node ( knot) at one end intact. Slightly below the node a small hole is made and a peg is fitted into it. The piece split piece is then attached with the body with the help of bamboo laths. A string made of Muga fiber, is than passed through the goat skin at the bottom and taken to the peg under the node.  Now a days, strings of different material are used.

                     Lao –Tokari is accompanied with Deh-Bisar Geet, Tokari Geet. Boiragi –Naam, Kamrupee and Goalporiya Lokageet, Bhatiyali Geet etc. The Islam population of Assam also seen to use it in their religious  music like Jikir and Jari.   Lao-Tokari is used extensively in the Goalpara region  of Assam.

               

 

                       Lao-Tokari can be called a simplified version of Tokari . As it has only one string, it is also called Ek-tara ( ek- one, tara- stringed) . Ek-tara is also popular instrument of Bengal, however, differences in size and uses are observed with traditional Lao-Tokari of Assam.

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1. Badya Abhigyan—    Dr. Debajit saikia ; Sri Sri Auniaati Xatra

 1. Dwijen Gogoi – Serekapar – Sibsagar

 

Artisan and Folk Artist Dwijen Gogoi with the Lao-Tokaris he made