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The Tumdah is a traditional percussion instrument of the Santals tribes of India and Bangladesh.[1]

Its shape is a tapered cylinder, with the larger end being covered by bullock skin and the smaller end covered with goat skin. The larger end is beaten with the left hand and the smaller beaten with the right. It is used in most Santali social events, with the exception of death rituals.


  1. ^ "Status, Development and Future of Santals". Sanatan Marndi. Retrieved 2009-04-06.