It is believed that there are about 400 (four hundred) types of original musical instruments in Nepal. 207 folk musical instruments have been put in Nepal Folk Musical Instruments Museum (NFMIM) at NHI, Bhadrakali.
Musical instruments found in Nepal can be classified into four classes according to Sangeet Shastra.
- Membranophones - Dhimay, Dhah, Paschima, NayaKhin etc.
- Idiophones - Bhusyah, Chhusyah, TainNain etc.
- Chordophones - Piwancha
- Aerophones - Muhali, Nekoo, Bansuri etc.
Beside these instruments many other Musical Instruments are also in use in Nepal. Like Sarangi, Damaha, Madal, Murchunga, Tabala etc. Among these instruments Sarangi and Madal are more popular. Nepali folk musical instruments and folk culture had a prominent role to play when it comes to introducing the nation's multi-cultural and multi-ethnic traditions.