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date: 14 November 2019

Cang [cangu]locked

  • Alastair Dick



Indian name for frame drum in Gujarat and Rajasthan (cang), and in Orissa (cangu), denoting two different types in each region. The Gujarati cang and the cangu of the Orissan Khondh people are large (up to 60 cm wide) wooden-rimmed drums, their heads laced by dense strapping passing around a small metal ring held suspended by the straps in the centre of the open left head. They are played with hands or sticks, or both. The cangu of the Juang people of Orissa and the Rajasthani cang, however, have pasted heads, as on the Middle Eastern daf or Indian ḍaph model. The Juang cangu is 40 cm wide, held by a sling on the left shoulder and played with two bamboo sticks. The Rajasthani cang (about 60 cm wide) is played by one musician with both hands, sometimes also with a stick, while another player strikes it with two long sticks. It is associated with the spring festival ...

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