The Hindu religious musical drum “DAMARU” has very strong cultural associations. It is strongly associated with the God Shiva and his followers “SADHUS”. The DAMARU appears to be the last common representative of a family of hour-glass drums. It has a brass resonator of 4.5-6.5 inches in length and 3.5 – 7.5 inches in diameter. There are two drumheads on each side of the resonator which are laced together with cord. Near the center of the lacing are two loose knotted cords. The knots on each end strike both heads to produce a rattling sound. This is affected by rotating the drum rapidly in alternating directions. Since the product is entirely handmade, there can be slight variation in given measurement.
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- The drum is typically made of wood, metal with leather drum heads at both ends. The resonator is made of brass. Its height ranges from a few inches to a little over one foot. It is played single-handedly. The strikers are typically beads fastened to the ends of leather cords around the waist of the damaru.
- Knots in the leather can also be used as strikers; crocheted material is also common. As the player waves the drum using a twisting wrist motion, the strikers beat on the drumhead.
- Damaru symbolizes the Universe which is always expanding and collapsing. From an expansion, it collapses and then it re-expands, this is the process of creation. The darmru is also a symbol of sound. The sound is rhythm and sound is energy.Damru symbolizes the Universe which is always expanding and collapsing. From an expansion, it collapses and then it re-expands, this is the process of creation. The darmru is also a symbol of sound. The sound is rhythm and sound is energy.
- Why does Lord Shiva hold a Damaru drum? In the back right hand Shiva often holds an hour glass shaped drum or damaru. The drum represents the rhythmic sound to which Nataraja dances and ceaselessly recreates the universe. The front right hand is in the abhaya-mudra (the “fear not” gesture, made by holding the palm outward with fingers pointing up).
- The modern Nepali damaru is an hourglass-shaped clapper drum—when it is twisted its heads are struck by the ends of one or two cords attached to the shell. Barrel and shallow-nailed drums are particularly associated with Nepali, Indian and East Asia; notable are the taiko drums of Japan
- How does a Damru produce sound? Striking the head of the drum changes its shape and compresses the air inside the shell. … These vibrations of the top and bottom heads create vibrations in the air, which become sound, and eventually, as the head vibrations are dampened, the sound diminishes.
- The height of the Small damaru is 4.5 inches and weight varies from 250-300 gram.
- The height of the Large damaru is 6.5 inches and weight varies from 450-650 gram.
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