Bhapang Music Instrument, Rajasthani Music Instrument
Music Instrument: Bhapang is a rare single stringed percussion instrument
affectionately known as a 'talking drum' It originates from the Mewati
community in the Alwar district. It is known as a Chongar in Maharashtra, Apang
in Gujarat and Tumba in the Punjab. The Bhapang emits a unique sound due to the
gut string passing through a skin parchment. It has a varying pitch which
requires rapid hand movements and dexterity for the innumerable slides, oscillations
and grace notes that are necessary in producing a haunting melody. It is often
played to accompany Bhajans - spiritual, devotional songs - and poetry.
Positioned under the armpit and plucked, it has a wonderful ability to convey
emotion and depth despite its superficial simplicity.
is played the musician grasps a wooden handle that is attached to a string. The
same string is attached to the membrane. During performance the drum emits a
oscillating tone that gives the instrument its particular voice. A membrane of
animal skin is attached with tacks to hold the instrument together. A string is
attached from handle to membrane. Five small metal bells are attached to the