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The arbajo is a type of Nepali plucked lute, long-necked and four stringed, now described as largely extinct and superseded by the smaller, bowed Nepali sarangi.[1][2][3] Some of the few musicians still playing the arbajo are of the Gaine caste, in Lamjung District and Kaski District of western Nepal.[1]


  1. ^ a b James McConnachie; Rough Guides (Firm) (2000). World music: the rough guide. Rough Guides. pp. 198–. ISBN 978-1-85828-636-5. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Alison Arnold (2000). South Asia: the Indian subcontinent. Taylor & Francis. pp. 698–. ISBN 978-0-8240-4946-1. Retrieved 24 March 2012. . ... one of the most important of these rites is puja 'worship' performed to music of the sararigi and the arbajo, believed to be its predecessor.
  3. ^ Carol Tingey (December 1994). Auspicious music in a changing society: the Dāmai musicians of Nepal. Heritage Publishers. ISBN 978-81-7026-193-3. Retrieved 24 March 2012. . ...ancestry are not confined to the damai, but are prevalent in the folklore of other Indo-Nepalese occupational castes. ... always accompanied by the cow's hoof, which became the (now extinct) plucked lute arbajo (Helffer 1977:51)...