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Tokari geet is a type of Assamese folk song sung playing a Tokari . Earlier it was called Tokari naam. It is so called because a tokari is played while singing it. [1] A tokari is a single stringed musical instrument played with the fingers; a kind of guitar. [2]

These are usually philosophical songs based on human life, stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata, gods and goddesses. Besides, stories of Sankardev and Madhavdeva is also sung here. A tokari can be played with dihanaam , but it cannot be called a tokari geet.

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The Tokari is a stringed instrument played with the fingertips. The Tokari is the most widely used and popular stringed instruments in different parts of Assam. It is an ancient folk instrument of Assam. The instrument is usually made by covering a shell of Mango or Cham wood with the skin of a goat. It has many similarities to the "Dotara", another such folk instrument prevalent in southern Assam. The Tokari is slightly larger and wider than the Dotora. It also has many similarities to the Ruan, a Chinese musical instrument.


  1. Gogoi Dr Leela (2 November 1992). Oxomiya Lok-xahityor ruprekha (in Assamese) (1st ed.). pp. 91–96.
  2. Chandrakanta Obhidhan (1st ed.). p. 476.