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Deutsch: Dran-nye
English: Dramyin
Français : Dranyen
Nederlands: Dramyen
Türkçe: Dramyin

Dramyin or dranyen (Tibetan:སྒྲ་སྙན་; Wylie:sgra-snyan; Dzongkha:dramnyen)[1] is a traditional Himalayan folk music lute with seven strings. The instrument is played by strumming, fingerpicking or (most commonly) plucking.[2][3]

It is used primarily as an accompaniment to singing in the Drukpa Buddhist culture and society in Bhutan, as well as in Tibet, Sikkim and Himalayan West Bengal. It is often used in religious festivals of Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism (cf. tsechu).

The dramyen, chiwang (fiddle), and lingm (flute) comprise the basic instrumental inventory for traditional Bhutanese folk music.[1]

See also[edit]

See also categories: Tar (lute), Dutâr, Rubab, Sarod, Dotara and Dramyens.


  1. a b Kinga, Sonam (2003). "The Attributes and Values of Folk and Popular Songs" (PDF). Journal of Bhutan Studies 3 (1): 132–170. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  2. Elaine Dobson. Dancing on the demon's back: the dramnyen dance and song of Bhutan. John Blacking Symposium: Music, Culture and Society, Callaway Centre, University of Western Australia, July 2003.
  3. The Stringed Instrument Database.

Media in category "Dramyens"

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