The chadagan is a plucked zither. Related instruments are the Mongolian yatga, the Khakassian chatkhan (or jadagan), the Japanese koto, and the Chinese guzheng. The number of strings varies, and the bridge is sometimes movable. Of the two chadagans shown here, one has 12 strings and one has 16 strings. Both are tuned to the pentatonic scale. Nachyn Choodu is shown with a chadagan.
Hear the chadagan
(with guitar accompaniment)
Click for demo by Nachyn Choodu
Watch Nachyn Choodu play the chadagan.
Folktale about the origin of the chadagan