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Tantipānai [tantikuṇḍa]locked

  • Alastair Dick

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Composite pot-drum of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, southeastern India. A medium-sized spherical pot with a short, narrow neck has its mouth covered with skin. A string passes through the pot from a metal button, coin or wooden slip resting in the centre of the skin and is threaded through several small metal ring-jingles and out of a hole in the base. It then passes up through three small wooden blocks resting on the outside wall of the pot and is attached to a small movable peg inserted into a fourth, larger wooden block resting on the pot’s shoulder; this block is kept in position by strings bound round the neck. The first element ‘tanti’ in the name of the instrument denotes the modern use of metal wire; formerly, gut was used and the instrument was known as ...

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