Cindamani, a Kota from Kurgoj village who lives in Kolmel village of the Nilgiri hills in South India, is one of the few Kotas who still play the bamboo jew's harp. It was traditionally played by women during leisure times at home. The instrument is cremated along with the player's body when she dies, and it is said that the spirit of the deceased plays it on the way to the land of the dead

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