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n. A Near Eastern and Caucasian musical instrument related to the zither, dulcimer, harp, or sackbut having either 26 strings and a single bridge, or twice that number and two bridges.


Kanoon ( Hindi: कानून, Urdu: قانون ; Title translation: The Law) is a 1960 Indian Hindi film directed by B.R. Chopra. The film stars Rajendra Kumar, Nanda, Ashok Kumar, Mehmood, Shashikala, Jeevan and Om Prakash. The film presents a case against capital punishment, arguing that witnesses may be genuinely deceived, and their consequent inadvertently tendered false testimony may lead someone wrongly to the gallows.

The film was a courtroom drama of a murder case, where the judge's prospective son-in-law (Rajendra Kumar) is the defence lawyer in a case of murder for which he suspects his would-be father-in-law. The film was India's second songless talkie. The first one was Andha Naal, a Tamil movie.

Kanoon (1943 film)

Kanoon also called The Law is a 1943 Hindi/ Urdu social film directed by A. R. Kardar. It was produced by Kardar for "Kardar Productions". The music director was Naushad who after Sharda (1942), once again made a young Suraiya give playback for Mehtab. The story was by Qabli Amritsari with screenplay and lyrics by D. N. Madhok. The film starred Shahu Modak, Mehtab, Gajanan Jagirdar, Nirmala Devi, Ulhas and Badri Prasad.

The film was based on a social issue involving an arranged marriage between an older man to a girl who is younger than his son.

Usage examples of "kanoon".

The kanoon and oud, both string instruments, combined with drums, violin, and the wooden claves to add depth, while the alternately feminine high and masculine low tones of the oboe provided a decidedly sexual connotation.

The voices of kanoons, ouds, derbeckis and zils filled the hall with music.