Zhetigen is a heritage instrument. On the one hand it’s very ancient, on the other it’s new.
Why is it ancient? As the history of zhetigen started in the past.
Why is it new? The instrument developed with the Independence and we proudly say it is a new instrument.
The repertoire compositions have not saved of this musical instrument.
A well known art researcher, ethnographer Bolat Sarybayev developed and added to Kazakh musical instruments.
He mastered zhetigen, and increased strings from 7 till 22 on the instrument.
There are some difference from previous zhetigen, currently this instrument is long sized and big. The sound features have also been expanded and enriched.