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playing the bulbul tarang

Tumbak (photo courtesy of Abe Thomas)

The tumbak is basically an Indian version of the Dumbek.  The tumbak is not very common in most of India, but it is found in the folk music of Kashmir.  It is interesting to note that drums of this type are also known as klong yao or glong (Thailand & Laos).  There is a certain similarity in form to the gummeta of Andhra Pradesh.




Selected Video

Folk Music Instruments of Kashmir (Tumbak)



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