Type: Tension Drum > Membranophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 32 Composite Chordophone.
Country: India & Bangladesh.
Region: South Asia.
Description: A a plucked tension drum, played in Bengali music. It is known under many different names. The regional names include guba, gopijantro, gubgubbi, ananda lahari, premtal, khamak, khomok, chonka, jamidika and jamuku.
Playing Techniques: The player holds the body of the instrument under the arm and the free end of the string in the fist of the same arm. The string is plucked with a plectrum in the other hand.
Construction: It consists of a dried gourd or wooden resonator through which a gut string is attached. Some varieties of the gubgubbi, particularly the Bengali khomok or khamak, contain two strings.