is a region of Tajikistan
with a unique musical heritage, especially that of the remote Pamiri Ismailis
. Badakhshan's unique folk scene is said to be characteristed by the use of many chromatized tones (especially in falak
) in a narrow melodic range, and the use of a characteristic minor-like scale .
are an extremely important part of Badakhshani music, especially the three-stringed shortneck lute played with a wooden plectrum
; this is called the Pamiri rubab
. Other vanities of lute in Badakhshan include the komus
, a three-stringed but unfretted lute played by the Kyrgyz
of eastern Badakhshan, the tanbur
, a seven-stringed lute with sympathetic strings
, the setar
, with three melody strings and a number of sympathetic strings; the imported Afghan rubab
and Azerbaijani tar
are also a major part of Badakhshan's lute heritage .
Other instruments include the ney
, a kind of flute, and the Ghaychak
, a spiked fiddle; the circular frame drum daf
is also common, as is the accordion
, brought by Russians
Badakhshani music has a characteristic throaty, nasal sound which is a distinguishing characteristic of the area's vocal style. The madah
is a kind of sung religious poetry, accompanied by rubab
with at least one daf .
List of Badakhshani Musicians