खाम (Kham)


It is a big drum about 31/2 to 4 inches in length and about 21/2 to 3 inches in diameter. It is made from the trunk of Alstonia scholaris, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Magnifera indica or Sterculia villosa. The two sides of the wooden frame are covered with deer skin or goat skin while the braces are made of buffalo skin. It depends upon the choice of the drum player. There is no hard and fast rule for making the size and shape of the drum. Kam is usually playable by clapping hands together on both sides of the mouth in a proper mode for producing different sounds.

Cultural Narrative: 

This instrument is played on ceremonial occasions like Kherai puja and Garja puja and also during Bwisagu celebration.

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