- Alastair Dick
Variable tension chordophone (‘plucked drum’) of Orissa, eastern India. The body is a barrel-shaped wooden cylinder, open at both ends; the lower end is covered with skin, and a string passes from the centre of the skin up to a handle. The instrument is held in the armpit and the string, tensioned variably by one hand, is plucked by a finger of the other hand or a plectrum. It is played by male and female snake-charmers (...