Nagara dugi and nagara daina, a pair of large and small kettledrums. Their pottery shells were sourced by the drum maker from the local community of potters on Majuli. The cowhide head of the larger drum is secured by an outer ring in addition to the lacing that braces the heads of both drums to a ring at the base of the shell. The drums are played with a pair of wooden drumsticks (nagara mari). Made in Kamalabari, Majuli.

The pair of nagara is played standing or seated with the drums on a table or on the floor. Their beat supports loko git (folk music) and devotional ensembles.

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