Alghoza

Alghoza

The alghozā of Rajasthan and Gujarat are end-blown flutes played in pairs by shepherd communities (also known as donal in the southern zone, giraw in the north, and alghoza in the east). Using three fingers on each side, the player blows both instruments at the same time, sounding the melody simultaneously on both flutes. Breathing into it rapidly generates the airy tone and the quick recapturing of breath on each beat creates a lively, swing like rhythm.