Type: Membranophones > Drums > Kettle.
Region: South Asia.
Description: The da-man are paired copper kettle drums of the be-da musicians of Ladakh. Da-man are played at festive occasions such as weddings and at polo games, horse races, and archery contests; they also accompany dances and songs.
The da-man is said to have been introduced to Ladakh from Baltistan in the 16th century and was initially associated with the royal palace in Leh. The da-man are tuned in 5ths to accompany a shawm [sur-na or ha-rib].
Playing Techniques: Some sources report that both drums are carried by one person, one slung before, the other behind the bearer, who beats the front drum while a following person beats the other.
Construction: The shells of the da-man are made from copper. The heads are laced on to the bowls, and the tension is adjusted by a metal ring at the base.
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