Music from India

Monpa dah drum solo

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:02:22

  • Cultures

    Monpa

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 42

  • Recording date

    2001-10-26

  • Recording locations

    The balcony of the main prayer hall (Dhukhang), second floor of Tawang monastery, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Performance occasion

    Morning

  • Performers

    unidentified (dah (rnga) drum)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Solo performance of the huge dah (rnga) drum performed by monks from the second floor of the gompa (monastery) in Tawang. The function of the ‘performance’ is to call the monks for the prayer service in the monastery main hall (dhukhang). On the day of the recording, the Tantric Gang-Su ritual is conducted, which should protect the gods/goddesses, the monks, and the monastery. In Tawang this ritual is performed twice a month (on the 10th and 29th of the Tibetan month) and lasts between one and three days. The young monk belongs to the Monpa tribe.

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