|Other names||Tovshuur, Topshuur, Topshur, Toshpulúr, Tavshur|
|Komuz, Dombra, Doshpuluur, Balalaika|
|Temuulen Naranbaatar(The HU), Batzorig Vaanchig|
The Tovshuur, also known as Topshur or Tovshuur (Cyrillic: Товшуур; Mongolian Script:ᠲᠣᠪᠰᠢᠭᠤᠷ/Tobsigur) is a two or three-stringed lute played by the Western Mongolian (Oirats) tribes called the Altai Urianghais, the Altais, and the Tuvans. The topshur is closely tied to the folklore of Western Mongolian people and accompanied the performances of storytellers, singing, and dancing. According to descriptions given by Marco Polo, the Mongols also played the instruments before a battle.
All tovshuur are homemade and because of this, the materials and shape of the tovshuur vary depending on the builder and the region. For example, depending on the tribe, the string might be made of horsehair or sheep intestine. The body of the tovshuur is bowl shaped and usually covered in tight animal skin. The Kalmykian tovshuur's form is more similar to that of the Kazakh Dombra and the Russian Balalaika.
The HU tovshuur player, N.Temuulen
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