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Name: Cadcadi.
Type: Membranophones > Drums > Barrel.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 211.222.1
Diameter: 32.5 cm.
Depth: 25 cm > 30 cm.
Width: cm.
Area: Assam, Tripura, Bihar, Chattisgar and Odisha.
Country: India & Bangladesh.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The Cadcadi is a shallow barrel drum that is played by the Santal people of Eastern India in the states of Assam, Tripura, Bihar, Chattisgar and Odisha an in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Playing Techniques: The drum is hung either vertically and played with sticks on the upper [right] head, or horizontally and beaten with the hands on both heads.

Construction: The shell of the cadcadi is made from gambhari wood [gmelina arborea], the two heads of the drum are made from goat skin. The heads are stretched onto creeper hoops laced with leather thongs and metal tuning-hoops. The right head has a hardened tuning paste of earth, oil, gum, and vermilion.

Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Oxfordmusiconline.com / Cadcadi article by Alastair Dick / ;