Type: Membranophones > Drums > Pot.
Region: South Asia.
Description: The Ghumat [in Hindi: घुमट or in Kannada: ಘುಮೋಟ Ghumat] ghumot, gumot or ghumat is a membranophone instrument from Goa, India. The Ghumat is a percussion instrument that is formed from stretching a membrane over a ceramic vessel. The membrane is made usually from monitor lizard skin or leather.
Generally the ghumat is accompanied by ‘shamel’, another traditional instrument with wooden drum and goat leather mount. This instrument is still very popular amongst by the East Indian people.
Citations: Bibliography: K.S. Kothari: Indian Folk Musical Instruments ~ New Delhi, India 1966 ; A.D. Ranade: Lokasangitasastra ~ Aurangabad, 1975 ; Stanley Sadie ~ New Grove Dictionary of Music ~ Ghumat Page 44 ;