Name: Dhyangro.
Type: Membranophones > Drums > Frame > Double Headed >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.312
Country: Nepal.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The dhyangro is a frame drum played by the jhakri [shamans] of Nepal. Especially those of the Magyars, Kirati and the Tamang as well as by Tibetan Buddhist musicians.

Construction: The dhyangro maybe either single or double sided. Double sided drums are said to have a ‘male’ and ‘female’ side. The drumhead is made from animal skin stretched over a frame. It is played with a beater constructed with cane. The frame maybe equipped with jingles.

Similar to the na drum in Tibet the dhyangro does have a handle. Optionally the frame of the dhyangro maybe equipped with jingles. The carving of the wooden handle can be quite ornate, owing to Buddhist influence. The handles of some drums are fashioned into a kila.

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