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A lag-na, or na, is an ancient Tibetan frame drum.[1] The drumhead has a minimum diameter of about one metre.[2] Like the dhyāngro (the principal drum of the jhakri shamans of Nepal) the lag-na has a carved, wooden handle.[3] One plays the na by striking its drumhead with a heavy percussion mallet.[2]

See also[edit]

  • Damaru, a small, two-headed drum of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist tradition


  1. ^ Robertson, Alec; Stevens, Denis (1960). The Pelican History of Music: Ancient Forms to Polyphony. Harmondworth: Penguin Books. p. 70. OCLC 220315541. 
  2. ^ a b Blades, James (1992). Percussion Instruments and Their History (4th ed.). Westport: Bold Strummer. p. 149. ISBN 9780933224612. OCLC 28230162. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Christopher. "Tibetan/Nepalese Shamanic Drums". Virtual Drum Museum. Christopher Arnold. Retrieved 6 January 2014.