What is an Afghan rubab?

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A short educational film, taken from the archives of the Asian Music Circuit's Museum of Asian Music.

Rubab or robab (Persian: رُباب rubāb, Urdu and Pashto: رباب, Tajik and Uzbek рубоб, Hindi: रबाब) is a lute-like musical instrument originally from Afghanistan, but is also played in the neighbouring countries. It derives its name from the Arab rebab which means "played with a bow" but the Central Asian instrument is plucked, and is distinctly different in construction. The rubab is mainly used by Pashtun, Tajik, Kashmiri and Iranian Kurdish classical musicians.