Pambai

Pambai is a pair of cylindrical drums attached to each other, played in temples of Tamil Nadu. Pambai is made of two narrow drums, one made of wood and the other made from brass. The brass cylinder is narrower and is used to produce the treble sound whereas the wooden cylinder is broader and it produces a deeper sound. The heads of the brass cylinder are made of goat skin and those of its wooden counterpart is made from cow skin. The heads are held in tension by a continuous rope woven around the cylinder in a ā€˜Vā€™ shaped pattern. A cloth strap is tied around the woven rope to alter its tension. Pambai is slung from the neck with cloth straps attached to the instrument and is played with a stick on the treble side and with hand on the bass side. In some occasions, sticks may be used on both sides.

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