In the Ranchi district, tribes of Ranchi and Soso village produce the musical instruments. Music is the integral part of all the tribes. The Gorayat Mahli and Ghasi tribes produce a variety of musical instruments predominantly the drums. The body of the drum is made by the iron smith, and the animal hide is sourced from local market. Different instruments require different kind of animal hide. The body of drum is called kholi.
Different kinds of instruments produced are: Nagada, Dholak, Dhamsa-Drum, Dhag-larger drum, Tasa- copper bowl covered with skin, Mandar- a barrel-shaped drum peculiar to santhali music.
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