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Idakka

The idakka (Malayalam: ഇടയ്ക്ക), also spelt edaykka/edakka, is an hourglass-shaped drum from Kerala in south India. This handy percussion instrument is very similar to the pan-Indian damaru.[citation needed] While the damaru is played by rattling knotted cords against the resonators, the idakka is played with a stick. Like the damaru, the idakka's pitch may be bent by squeezing the lacing in the middle. The idakka is slung over the left shoulder and the right side of the instrument is gently beaten with a thin curve-ended stick.[1]

Shri Chendamangalam Unnikrishna Maarar Idakka artist in action - In the middle.

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  1. ^ Deva, Bigamudre Chaitanya (1995). Indian Music. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9788122407303. 

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