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Kobyz (or kyl-kobyz;  In Kazakh: қобыз) is an ancient Kazakh en:string instrument. It has two strings made of horsehair. The resonating cavity is usually covered with goat leather.

In the 1930s, when the first folk instrument orchestras were established in the Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, a new kind of kobyz came into existence. It now had four metallic strings and thus became closer to a violin.

For similar shaped instruments, see Ghaychak (Persia), Kobyz (Kazakhstan), Kyl kyyak (Kyrgyzstan), Sarinda (India & Nepali), Dhodro banam (Santhals in East India) Sarangi (Nepali), etc.


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