331-6 Variable tension chordophones or 'plucked drums' with loose string attached to the drum-head

Variable tension chordophone or plucked drum (Rong-rong-padai). The drum body is held between the upper arm and the upper body, while the left hand grasps the string. The plectrum is held in the right hand. The instrument is played to support the voice in village songs.

The maker of this instrument is a Harijan from a Telugu community. This instrument has been adopted by Sora from neighbouring Oriya communities and is used to accompany village songs.

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