Chuniri Chuniri is an ancient Georgian string instrument played by a fiddlestick. Only the mountain inhabitants of Georgia preserved this instrument in its original form. This instrument is considered to be a national instrument of Svaneti and is thought to have spread in the other regions of Georgia from there.

Chuniri is used for accompaniment. It is often played in an ensemble with Changi and Salamuri. One-part songs, national heroical poems and dance melodies were performed on it in Svaneti. Chuniri and Changi are often played together in an ensemble when performing polyphonic songs. More than one Chianuri at a time is not used. Chuniri usually played by men.

Tuning of the three-stringed chuniri:

Chuniri Samples