Damaha (Nepali: दमाहा) is a drum made from leather, brass or wood. It is played by striking with a stick. It is one of the instruments included in the Panche Baaja. The traditional players of this instrument are called Damai, a occupational caste who play different instrument in Nepali culture.

Damai men playing Damaha

The Damaha is bowl-shaped like a kettle drum and covered with animal hide. A neck strap is used to hold the damaha for the player while he plays.[1]


  1. ^ "Damāhā". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 18 June 2018.